(Field Crops Entomologist)
LOCATION: The position will be based at the Dean Lee Research, Extension and Education Center near Alexandria, LA. The Central Region of Louisiana includes 10 parishes and the Dean Lee Research, Extension and Education Center. Diverse research opportunities with multiple crops allows for the development of IPM strategies in controlled field environments on the research station , as well as, farm-scale studies. Opportunities for research and extension activities exists at this location, as well as other LSU AgCenter research centers. The successful candidate will also have a formal appointment in the Department of Entomology on the LSU A&M campus in Baton Rouge, LA. The Dean Lee Research Extension and Education Center includes >450 acres of field crop research focusing on agronomic production and plant protection. The Department of Entomology has considerable faculty expertise in pest management and substantial laboratory resources.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Full-time 12 month, tenure-track position with a 80% extension and 20% research appointment. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of pest management programs for insect pests of field crops in central Louisiana, including corn, cotton, soybean, and grain sorghum. The position also will support ongoing Central Region outreach efforts for other plant science commodities including rice, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, and ornamentals. The extension mission will represent statewide IPM contact responsibilities for one or more of the primary commodities. The position will provide leadership and work with producers and other LSU AgCenter personnel to plan and organize a well-balanced Extension educational program. The scientist is responsible for working with advisory committees to identify clientele needs, to develop programs that respond to those needs, and to assess program impact. The position will disseminate LSU AgCenter recommendations and provide current content to commodity web pages. Technology transfer and outreach to stakeholders must be accomplished with web content, social media, agricultural trade magazines and traditional extension methods (newsletters, blogs, oral delivery and formal extension publications). The applicant must interact with commodity and agricultural industry partners to identify, develop and implement critical research projects. Expected research priorities include current and emerging pest issues and refining plant protection strategies. Research projects should be diverse and will include validation and implementation of research programming in on-farm studies. Collaboration with research and extension faculty within Louisiana, as well as with national experts on issues of shared interest and importance will be encouraged. The candidate will be expected to participate in graduate student education through a formal relationship with the LSU Department of Entomology. 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. Additional duties include participation in professional and technical meetings and developing and contributing to annual field crop IPM publications. The incumbent is expected to perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s) and work cooperatively with other Research / Extension faculty at the parish, regional, and state levels.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. in entomology, applied biology/ecology, or other closely related agricultural field of study is required. Documented training in field crops research and agronomic production practices is critical to the success of the position. Applicants should have demonstrated effective oral, written and electronic communication skills necessary for presentations to a variety of audiences. Evidence of successful Grantsmanship, extension programming, and stakeholder interaction will be important considerations. The ability to multi-task and work in a team environment with research and extension faculty representing other disciplines is critical. A working knowledge of U.S. field crop arthropod biology and ecology is necessary. Previous experience with IPM-oriented research, surveys of pesticide-resistant insect populations, evaluation of transgenic crops, and working with graduate students is preferred.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications 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: August 1, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or in Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, university transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Tara P. Smith, Regional Director
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Dean Lee Research, Extension and Education Center
8208 Tom Bowman Drive
Alexandria, LA 71302
Phone: (318) 427-4244;
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com