WORK LOCATION: Position will be based at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, Rayne, Louisiana.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Postdoctoral Researcher position that will be part of the applied rice breeding program at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station with the LSU AgCenter with Dr. Adam Famoso and work closely with collaborators. The responsibilities of the position will include development of 3-Line hybrid germplasm (A, B, and R lines) and hybrids and evaluation and testing in field trials. A key aspect of this position is to characterize internal germplasm and germplasm from collaborators. Key focus areas will include developing, evaluating, and deploying methods and tools related to experimental design, phenotypic analysis, and data management. The position will work extensively in the field and greenhouse to develop new populations and hybrid seed. The development of short- and long-term breeding goals to optimize and continually expand 3-line hybrid breeding efforts. Success in this position will require a sound understanding of the practical and logistical considerations of an applied hybrid development program. The successful candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills. The LSU AgCenter rice breeding program has a comprehensive field-testing component, winter nursery facilities, a high-throughput SNP marker lab, and varieties developed from the program are widely grown across Louisiana and the Southern U.S. rice production region.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. in plant breeding, genetics, or related field; strong background in applied hybrid breeding, with preference in rice experience. Demonstrated field and greenhouse research experience and the ability to work across various breeding and software tools. Experience with the application of molecular markers and knowledge of genomic selection. Ability to work well across diverse teams and disciplines. Expertise in statistical programming languages (R, SAS, MATLAB, etc.). The position is based in Rayne, LA, and will include some travel within the United States and to the winter nursery in Puerto Rico.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and in line with NIH/NSF guidelines. 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.
DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of the selection process.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 30, 2021, or until a suitable candidate is identified.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE:Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU by attaching a cover letter with resume, all university transcripts, and names and contact information of three references. (Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted.) Questions about the online application system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-0324. For questions on this position, contact:
Dr. Adam Famoso
H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station
1373 Caffey Road, Rayne, LA 70578
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