Stephen Smith  |  6/26/2017 6:43:48 PM

Research Associate

(Ecology and Control of Phragmites Scale)

(This is a grant-funded, two year, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)

WORK LOCATION: Department of Entomology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Widespread die-offs of Phragmites in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana have been associated with outbreaks of an exotic scale Nipponaclerda biwakoensis (Hemiptera: Aclerdidae). Because of the importance of Phragmites for the ecology of coastal Louisiana, several state and federal agencies have joined forces to understand the impacts of this scale. Funding is available for a research associate in the area of biology, ecology and control of scales. Objectives of this project are to understand the distribution and impact of N. biwakoensis in coastal Louisiana, determine the scale’s host range, and develop an integrated pest management program. Field activities will include coordinating surveys in coastal Parishes, and collecting plant, insect and environmental data every two months. Greenhouse activities will include maintenance of insect and plant colonies, and data collection of experiments. Laboratory experiments will include the evaluation of control products for scales. The successful candidate will help with data collection and analysis, and preparation of quarterly reports for funding agencies. The successful candidate will work closely with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, US Army Corps of Engineers- ERDC, and United States Geological Survey.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in Entomology or related discipline including Ecology, Biology or Botany. Experience working with scale insects, aquatic habitats, insect colony maintenance, data collection, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or boating is preferred. We seek a candidate with a high standard in scientific writing and oral communication.

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: July 15, 2017 or until suitable candidate is located.

DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of interview process.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Dr. Rodrigo Diaz

Louisiana State University

Department of Entomology

404 Life Sciences

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone: (225) 578-1835

Email (preferred): rdiaz@agcenter.lsu.edu

Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com

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