This is a USDA-NIFA funded position with available funding for three years. Continuation past the first year is contingent on a successful annual review.
Work Location: Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA.
Job Description: The Richards Lab at Louisiana State University is recruiting a postdoctoral research associate to dissect qualitative/quantitative host resistance and pathogen virulence in the rice – Cercospora janseana pathosystem. The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to lead the high resolution mapping and cloning of a major narrow brown leaf spot resistance gene, as well as the phenotyping of host populations to characterize quantitative resistance. Additionally, the postdoctoral research associate will have the opportunity to investigate the molecular mechanisms of pathogen virulence using genomic and molecular techniques. Responsibilities also include designing and conducting laboratory and greenhouse experiments, data analysis, writing manuscripts, presenting results at meetings and conferences, and mentoring students.
Qualifications: PhD in plant pathology, genetics, microbiology, biology, or other related field. A successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in the design and execution of genetic, genomic, and/or molecular biology experiments. Preferred qualifications include bioinformatics and experience working with fungal plant pathogens. Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to collaborate with colleagues within and among departments are required. A valid Louisiana State driver’s license and ability to drive is required at the time of appointment or soon thereafter.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For detailed description of this position and benefits, please visit us at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/administration. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options, such as retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances, Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan, university holidays, 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 of full-time and length of employment.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching resume, cover letter, university transcripts, and 2-3 letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed, or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Jonathan K. Richards
Assistant Professor of Fungal Biology
Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center