(This is a non-tenure track position guaranteed for one year. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)
Work Location: School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.
Job Description: Postdoctoral researcher will be involved with initiatives to evaluate the productiveness of Industrial Hemp in Louisiana. This will include agronomic research on production systems devoted to fiber/grain types and essential oils. Applied and molecular genetics approaches towards understanding and improving hemp strains via line and hybrid development will be involved, especially as it relates to fiber properties. Individual hired into this position will be allowed to undertake some fully independent research to take advantage of the applicant's specific expertise and interests. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to play a part in designing and conducting field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments; analyzing data; writing manuscripts; and presenting results at meetings, conferences and field days.
Qualification Requirements: PhD degree in plant breeding/genetics, horticulture, or agronomic field crop research is required. Preference will be given to applicants with molecular genetic experience in combination with applied plant breeding training. 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 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 21, 2021 or until a suitable applicant is located.
Date Available: Upon completion of selection process.
Application Procedure: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, transcripts, and 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:
Dr. Gerald O. Myers
Professor, Cotton and Industrial Hemp Breeding and Genetics
School of Plant, Environmental and Soils Sciences
104 M.B. Sturgis Hall
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