Postdoctoral Researcher (Crapemyrtle Bark Scale Activity Modeling) - School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences - R00050311

Postdoctoral Researcher

(Crapemyrtle Bark Scale Activity Modeling)

(This is a grant funded, non-tenure track position. Continuation will depend on funding, job performance and continued need for the appointment.)

Work Location: School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences, Baton Rouge, La.

Job Description: Applications are invited for a 12-month, full-time (1.0 FTE) postdoctoral researcher position in the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences at Louisiana State University. The successful applicant will work with faculty and focus on two projects: (1) to develop and validate a degree-day (DD) forecasting model for the crapemyrtle bark scale, and (2) organize and coordinate a literature database and stakeholder survey data for a planning grant. Workload will be split between the two projects under the supervision of the same faculty.

Job Duties:

CMBS Project (60%)

· Designing, implementing, and managing weather monitoring devices at multiple field sites.

· Developing Degree-day models and correlations between crawler data and plant phenological observations based on data collected from multiple sites during precious years.

· Validating the model (s) developed using field climate and crawler monitoring data.

· Reporting findings in the format of extension and academic presentations, extension articles and pest management recommendations, and journal publications.

Planning Grant Project (40%)

· Organizing and maintaining a literature database for a multistate team.

· Assisting with the development, collection and analysis of a series of stakeholder surveys.

· Assisting with team coordination in scheduling meetings, sending reminders, and moderating stakeholder listening sessions.

Required Qualifications:

· Ph.D. in entomology, horticulture, agronomy, or closely related discipline.

· Demonstrated experience in field research under diverse environmental conditions.

· Demonstrated ability to contribute to scholarly activities through refereed journals and presentations at scientific meetings.

· Ability to communicate effectively, orally and written.

· Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize tasks.

· Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work within a team structure.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Experience with statistical methods and the construction of DD models.

· Experience with modeling software or computer coding languages.

· Ability to work with diverse faculty, students, industry clientele, and 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.

Application Deadline: October 19, 2020 or until suitable candidate is identified.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, university transcripts, and two letters of reference. 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:

Dr. Yan Chen

137 JC Miller

School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences

LSU Agricultural Center, 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

10/5/2020 7:03:00 PM
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