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  • Postdoctoral Researcher (Invertebrate Molecular Ecology)
    Entomology Department
    LSU AgCenter

    Postdoctoral Researcher
    (Invertebrate Molecular Ecology)

    (This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)

    WORK LOCATION: Department of Entomology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.

    RESPONSIBILITIES: This position will involve research related to identifying factors that affect horse fly populations and their invertebrate food webs in coastal marshes as well as developing PCR based tools for environmental sampling. The individual filling this position will be responsible for conducting scientific research in the laboratories of Lane Foil and Claudia Husseneder in the Department of Entomology. This includes environmental metagenome studies using next-generation sequencing, developing and using PCR assays for invertebrate bioindicator detection, and conducting spatial statistical analysis of distribution of invertebrates in coastal marshes relative to distribution of spartina marshes. Duties will include: Conducting bench-level experiments including RNA and DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR using mostly commercially available kits. Preparation of samples for next-generation (Illumina) sequencing and analyzing metagenomes of environmental samples. Compilation of experimental data and identification of methodological problems. Must be able to assist with troubleshooting and adjusting experimental protocols to ensure project completion in a timely fashion. The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting routine and spatial analysis of results of molecular studies and surveys. Diligent documentation, record-keeping and reporting of experimental data by oral and written communication will be required.

    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D with strong background in molecular biology, bioinformatics and statistics, laboratory experience and excellent communication and writing skills. Familiarity with basic microbiology and sterile techniques plus operation of lab equipment. Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to perform multiple detail-oriented tasks in a reliable fashion. The successful candidate should be highly motivated with excellent organization and time management skills and able to work independently as well as member of a team. Good analytical abilities and sound judgment to make decisions regarding the reliability of results. Ability to prepare written and/or verbal reports on status of research and the technical procedures used; providing statistical and graphic summaries of findings and possible conclusions to assist with publications.

    SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

    DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of selection process.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (Or through Workday for Internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. (Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials alone will not be accepted.) In lieu of attaching the letters of recommendation, they may be sent directly to the contact listed below. For more information contact:

    Dr. Lane Foil, Professor
    Department of Entomology
    Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
    404 Life Sciences Building
    Baton Rouge, LA 70803-1710
    Office: (225) 578-1634
    Fax: (225) 578-1643
    E-Mail: LFoil@agcenter.lsu.edu
    Website: www.lsuagcenter.com


 
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