POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
WORK LOCATION: The position will be primarily located at the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station at Crowley, Louisiana.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position with 60% research, 25% extension (statewide rice weed specialist), and 15% teaching appointment focused on weed management programs in rice and fate of herbicides in the environment. The successful candidate must interact with commodity and agricultural industry partners to identify, develop, and implement critical research projects. Collaboration with research and extension faculty within Louisiana, as well as with national experts on issues of shared interest and importance will be encouraged. Formal participation in multi-disciplinary, regional, or national research initiatives will be expected. Results of research should be published in peer-reviewed journals and other scientific/technical publications. Extramural funding to support the activities of the position should be solicited from federal and state agencies, commodity (state and national) research boards, and agro-industries.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research program focused on weed management programs in rice and herbicide fate in the environment at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station at Crowley, other LSU AgCenter research stations, and selected off-station sites. Extension responsibilities will include the statewide extension rice weed management program. The faculty member will be responsible for educating and training LSU AgCenter Parish Agents in rice weed management. This position will work closely with agents to ensure they are well trained to address questions and solve problems in rice weed management. This position will work closely with other rice researchers and extension faculty to maintain the LSU AgCenter Weed Guide, Rice Varieties and Management Tips publication, and publish weed management extension publications, both web-based and hard copy when appropriate. Teaching responsibilities will include maintaining a graduate program within the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences. Specific courses to be taught will be based upon expertise.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. in weed science or other closely related field of study is required. Applications should have demonstrated effective oral, written, and electronic communication skills necessary for presentations to a variety of audiences. Evidence of successful grantsmanship, research activity, stakeholder interaction, and teaching experience will be important considerations. The ability to multi-task and work in a team environment with research, extension, and teaching faculty representing other disciplines is critical.
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. 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: September 3, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU by attaching cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts and two letters of reference. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted. In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Michael Stout
Interim, Department Head – School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences
Department Head and Professor – Entomology Department
404 Life Sciences Building, LSU
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.