(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Continuation will be dependent on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)
Work Location: Sugar Research Station, LSU Ag Center, St. Gabriel, Louisiana.
Responsibilities: The primary responsibility in this position will be with the offstation/infield and outfield nursery stages of the LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Variety Development program. Activities in this position include planting, harvesting, laboratory analysis of harvested samples and, data acquisition. The person is this position is also expected to actively participate in variety advancement activities and preparing an annual report of these research activities. The applicant is also expected from time to time to assist the breeder with sugarcane breeding activities including but not limited to photoperiod and crossing, early stage clonal selection, and other related activities which are conducted industry-wide in cooperation with personnel from the USDA-ARS and the American Sugar Cane League. The applicant will interact with the Sugar Research Station farm manager and sugarcane growers to coordinate cultural practices, planting, and harvesting schedules. The applicant is also expected to assist with other cooperators of the LSU AgCenter’s sugarcane breeding program, such as the plant pathologists, entomologists, agronomists and weed scientists.
Qualification Requirements: B.S. or M.S. in agriculture, horticulture, plant science or related field. Other degree areas may be acceptable especially if combined with sugarcane or other farming experience.
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: August 1, 2019 or until a suitable applicant is located.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter along with current resume, transcripts, and contact information for three references. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Collins A. Kimbeng
Sugar Research Station
5755 LSU Ag Road
St. Gabriel, LA 70776
Phone: 225-642-0224; Fax: 225-642-5339