(Field Crops Entomologist)
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 Department of Entomology 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 focusing on agronomic production and integrated pest management of arthropods, plant pathogens and weeds. Research projects will be located at the regional research stations with opportunities to expand that work to other regions of Louisiana. Laboratory and office space will be available in the Northeast Region and in the Department of Entomology.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Full-time 12 month, tenure-track position with an 80% research and 20% extension appointment. 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 discovery and development of integrated pest management strategies in controlled field environments on research stations, as well as validation and implementation of research programming in on-farm studies and in the laboratory. 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.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of pest management programs for insect pests of field crops in northeast Louisiana, including corn, cotton, soybean, and grain sorghum. The extension component will also include statewide contact responsibilities for one or more of these primary commodities. The scientist is responsible for working with advisory committees to identify clientele needs, to develop research 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). Additional duties include participation in professional and technical meetings and developing and contributing to annual field crop IPM publications.
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 resources. 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: 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, research activity, 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 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: March 20, 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