Postdoctoral Researcher - East Baton Rouge Parish - R00066004

(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position, for one year. Extension of appointment is contingent upon availability of funds and satisfactory job performance)

Work Location: School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Responsibilities: The Sugarcane Genetics Laboratory of the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate (RA) to conduct research integrating statistical/quantitative genetics with multitude of phenotypic and NGS data generated with germplasm resources within breeding program(s) to identify casual variants controlling desired traits and develop analytical models for marker-assisted selection and multi-variate genomic prediction. The overarching goal is to study genotype/trait-environment interactions and design genomic selection enabled alternative breeding strategies to evaluate and increase estimated genetic gain in variety development program.

Qualification Requirements: Candidates with a Ph. D. in plant breeding, genetics, or other related field with documented experience in applications of quantitative/statistical genetics in QTL (GWAS) analysis and genomic selection are strongly encouraged to apply. The candidate must have expertise in handling statistics/bioinformatics packages (R, Python etc.) and genomics software for analysis of large multiple layers of genomic, phenotypic, and environmental datasets. Applicants should be self-motivated to work independently and be a good team member. The candidate will be required to document research results through publications and conference presentations.

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 25, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Date Available: Upon completion of selection process.

Application Procedure: Must apply online at by attaching a cover letter describing research statement, detail CV, and names of three 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:

Niranjan Baisakh, Ph. D.
Associate Professor
School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
104 Madison B Sturgis Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-1300; Fax: 225-578-1403; Email:

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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.

4/11/2022 8:15:09 PM
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