(This is a grant funded non-tenure track position. Funding is available for two years, but continuation past the first year is contingent on successful annual review.)
Work Location: Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.
Job Description: Postdoctoral researcher will be involved in a project to understand the role of soil microbiota in the dieback of Phragmites australis along the Gulf Coast and research to develop approaches leveraging native soil microbes for restoration efforts. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to play a part in designing and conducting field, mesocosm, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments, analyzing data, writing manuscripts, presenting results at meetings and conferences, and mentoring undergraduates. Prior experience with microbiome data collection and statistical analysis is required. Ability to carry out strenuous work in a hot and humid climate in coastal marsh habitats.
Qualification Requirements: PhD degree in biology, mycology, botany, ecology, plant pathology or other related field. Demonstrated experience (publications) carrying out microbiome studies, preferably in the context of plant-soil-microbe interactions, is required. Preference will be given to those with a background in mycology and/or experience working with fungal and bacterial cultures. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and a willingness and ability to interact and collaborate with other scientists are essential to the success of the research. A valid Louisiana State driver’s license and ability to drive is required at the time of appointment.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For detailed description of this position and benefits, please visit us at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/administration. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options, such as retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances, Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan, university holidays, 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 of full-time and length of employment.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021 or until suitable candidate is located.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (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. Vinson P. Doyle
Associate Professor of Mycology
Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
302 Life Science Building
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