WORK LOCATION: The position will be based at the Tom H. Scott Research and Extension Center near Winnsboro, LA. Opportunities for research and extension activities exist at three research stations in the Northeast Region and in the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences on the LSU A&M campus in Baton Rouge, LA. The Northeast Region’s field stations include over 1,000 acres of crops with research and extension demonstrations. Research projects will be located at the regional research stations with opportunities to expand that work to other regions of Louisiana.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Full-time 12 month, tenure-track position with an 85% extension and 15% research appointment. Statewide responsibilities for agronomic soil fertility outreach and education will be the focus of this position. Similar programming for other commodities may be associated with this position based upon the scientist’s skills, training, and personal interest. Extension educational responsibilities will focus on improving the delivery of soil fertility and soil health information and crop production best management practices (BMP’s) to stakeholders including, producers, agents, crop consultants and related field crop industries in Louisiana. Critical extension programming needs include: development of training modules (electronic and paper materials) for agricultural agents, information delivery to stakeholders, on-farm demonstrations of recommended practices, and collaboration with a multi-disciplinary faculty. The needs of the field crop industries will be addressed with personal contacts, workshops, public presentations, professional writing, electronic communications, and web-based content. Contributing to annual reports of official variety trials, and providing other outreach necessary to stakeholders of project activities and findings will also be required. The individual will collaborate with other faculty to complement existing agronomic research and extension programs in the Region. Advisory groups for program priorities will include crop consultants, commodity groups, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and Louisiana Farm Bureau.
Research responsibilities will focus on agronomic systems in Northeast Louisiana. This position will work closely with regional and departmental faculty within the AgCenter to address integrated nutrient management and production issues. Additionally the faculty member should partner with industry and other institutions in cooperative studies addressing crosscutting production and nutrient management issues.
The position will be expected to publish findings in peer-reviewed journals, extension publications and through contributions to commodity based web sites, blogs and newsletters and other scientific and technical outlets. This position will be expected to submit grants for extramural support from various federal and state agencies, including commodity research boards. The faculty member will be expected to maintain an effective professional relationship with the LSU School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences and maintain qualifications for membership on the graduate faculty and establish an effective professional relationship with the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences for the purpose of working with graduate student programs.
The position currently has a full-time grant-funded research associate position to support the project efforts, in addition to research laboratory facilities, equipment, and supplies. The successful candidate will be expected to manage personnel and equipment. Farm crew activities are directed by the Research Station Coordinators and the successful candidate will be expected to coordinate activities with these individuals. Responsibilities also will include participation in professional and technical meetings and other outreach as is necessary to inform producers, industry personnel, and other research scientists of project activities and findings. This faculty member will report to the Northeast Regional Director of the LSU AgCenter.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: PhD in soil science, agronomy, or other closely related agricultural field of study is required. Training in soil science and nutrient management for field crops, as well as, experience in applied crop production practices is highly desirable. Applicants should have evidence of effective oral and written communication skills for information transfer to a variety of audiences.
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: April 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 three letters of recommendation. 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:
Dr. Melissa Cater
212-B Macon Ridge Road
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Winnsboro, LA 71295
Tel.: (318) 435-2903; Fax: (318) 435-2902