Assistant Professor - Research
Work Location: School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.
Job Description: This is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure track position (50% research; 50% extension). The individual will be responsible for developing a research/extension program for industrial hemp in Louisiana. The individual must interact with commodity and agricultural industry partners to identify, develop and implement critical research projects and will be responsible for the extension of these results to stakeholders. The individual will collaborate with other faculty to complement existing industrial hemp/medicinal plants research and extension programs. Research duties will include greenhouse, field and laboratory research. Extension program responsibilities will include developing, coordinating, and conducting educational programs across the state. Duties will include networking with county agents and producers; presentations at field days, clientele-directed meetings and professional conferences; and providing other outreach necessary to stakeholders. The position will be expected to publish findings in peer-reviewed journals, extension publications and contribute to commodity-based web sites, blogs and newsletters and other scientific and technical outlets. The position will be primarily located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but individual will be expected to travel across the state as needed to implement research and extension programming efforts.
Qualification Requirements: A Ph.D. in horticulture, soil science, or other closely related agricultural field of study is required. Knowledge of field crops/greenhouse research and agronomic production practices is critical to the success of the position. Applicants should have demonstrated effective oral, written and electronic communication skills necessary for presentations to a variety of audiences. Evidence of research activity and stakeholder interaction will be important considerations. The ability to multi-task and work in a team environment with research and extension faculty representing other disciplines is essential.
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: April 21, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is selected.
Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process.
Application Procedure: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, resume, transcripts and 3 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:
Dr. Ashley W. Mullens
Office of the Vice President for Agriculture
101 J. Norman Efferson
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone : 225-578-2906
Web Site: www.lsuagcenter.com
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