Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Water Quality
Work Location: School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Systems/LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant Program.
Responsibilities: The School of Plant Environmental and Soil Sciences and the Louisiana Sea Grant Program seek applicants for a 12-month tenure track position in coastal and inland water quality (70% extension, 25% research, 5% teaching). Through the cooperative extension service this position requires working closely with a diverse community, including background, education, resource access, and experience, and as such the applicant should demonstrate their approach to developing a successful extension program for this diverse working group.
50% of this appointment is funded by the Marine Extension Program of Louisiana Sea Grant. This position requires planning and implementation of extension and outreach priorities that are contained in the Louisiana Sea Grant 4-year omnibus and strategic plan developed in conjunction with the National Sea Grant College Program. This effort is accomplished through extension and applied research, demonstrations, and educational programs related to water and habitat quality in marine and estuarine ecosystems. The position requires regular communication with and occasional training of MEP Sea Grant agents and coastal stakeholders.
The remainder of this position is supported by (and domiciled in) the LSU AgCenter School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Systems (SPESS). The incumbent will be expected to support applied research and extension activities on practices and technology that can mitigate water quality insults from a variety of sources. The 25% research appointment includes point and non-point pollution mitigation and prevention strategies for waterbodies, both coastal and inland. An understanding of TMDL’s, nutrient trading, and effluent policy would be advantageous for a successful candidate. Research duties include participation in ongoing statewide field studies targeting the effects of agrichemical and residual agri-runoff to waterways and assisting in the development of industry specific water quality testing kits. Extension efforts include training programs for extension agents and producers (eg. surface and ground water irrigation), assisting industry in implementing best management practices to treat surface water pollution, aiding in Louisiana Master Farmer trainings, and developing applications for research findings. Outreach to extension agents and industry (farmers, ranchers, dairymen, foresters, seafood harvesters and producers) will highlight AgCenter resources through newsletters, factsheets, and extension bulletins.
The incumbent will be expected to obtain extramural funding to support Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter research and extension programs. A 5% teaching appointment is included to capture a small amount of classroom instruction within SPESS.
Qualifications: PhD in hydrology, soil science, marine science, limnology, or related aquatic sciences. Must be able to work closely with others and have excellent verbal and written communications skills. Extension experience is desirable.
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: February 28, 2022 or until suitable applicant is found
Application Procedure: Must apply online at https://LSU.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU by attaching a cover letter, CV, philosophy statement that addresses the allocation of the split between extension, research, and teaching for the position (including the candidate’s approach to developing a successful extension program that also incorporates their research and teaching goals), and names and contact information of three references.
For further information, contact:
Lisa M. Fultz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Soil Microbiology of Cropping Systems
School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences
Louisiana State University AgCenter
310 M.B. Sturgis Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.