Work Location: Hill Farm Research Station (Homer, LA). Domicile will be Homer and successful candidate will conduct animal science research and extension activities. The Hill Farm Research Station is in north central Louisiana and is the most northern station in the state. The station is situated in the hills of the Upper Coastal Plain on predominately sandy soils. The station contains 1,400 acres of land with approximately 50% of the land area devoted to beef cattle, pasture, and hay production. Approximately 200 mature cows along with calves will be available for use in research. Poultry, forage, and forestry research utilizes the remainder of the acreage. The station is staffed and equipped for animal science research, and a forage agronomist has research responsibilities at the station as well.
Position Description: This is a tenure track position with a 85% research component and a 15% extension component. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a productive, relevant, and mission-oriented research program with the aim to improve the profitability of beef producers in Louisiana. Research will focus primarily on, but will not be limited to, beef cattle production as it relates to cow/ calf management, stocker management, and/or replacement heifer development. He / she will be required to collaborate with researchers and extension specialists within the LSU AgCenter to identify critical research needs, as well as partner with indust1y and other universities in cooperative studies. Successful candidate will be required to document and publish results from the research in refereed journals and other scientific outlets appropriate to the discipline. Submission of grants for extramural support of the research program will also be expected.
The candidate will hold a formal appointment in the School of Animal Sciences ( 15% research appointment) and will be expected to participate in graduate student education. The position is assigned a full-time research associate at the Hill Farm. Support staff at the Hill Farm Research Station is available to support the research effort in addition to the cow herd and ample equipment and supplies. The successful candidate will be expected to manage the cattle, livestock inventory, personnel, equipment, and supplies. Responsibilities will also 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. The successful candidate will work through the regional director of the Northwest Region as immediate supervisor and with the Hill Farm Research Station research farm supervisor for coordination of the beef cattle research day to day operations with activities of the other research programs at the station.
Qualification Requirements: Ph.D. in Animal Science with a focus on beef cattle production or closely related animal science field of study is required. Experience and training in beef cattle research and herd management with a forage emphasis are highly desirable. Applicants should demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills necessary for professional presentations and be able to interact well with beef producers and other stakeholders.
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.
Date Available: Upon completion of selection process.
Application Deadline: September 19, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is identified
Application Procedure: Apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching file(s) containing a curriculum vita, a letter of application, official university transcripts, three letters of reference and a statement describing how diversity would figure into your teaching, research, or extension activities,. Questions about the online application system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-0324. (Paper, faxed, or emailed application materials will not be accepted.) In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:
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