Stephen Smith  |  5/29/2018 3:00:52 PM

Postdoctoral Researcher

(Microbial Control of Sweetpotato Weevil)

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

WORK LOCATION: Entomology Department, LSU Ag Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Funding is currently available for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of sweetpotato weevil biology and control.The successful applicant will conduct research at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Department of Entomology in partnership with AgBiome, Inc. as part of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project.The overall objective is to “develop a microbial solution for deployment to smallholder farmers in African nations to control sweetpotato weevils.”The postdoctoral researcher will develop and refine laboratory sweetpotato weevil feeding assays and identify and characterize microbial activity against the sweetpotato weevil.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: PhD in Entomology, Plant Pathology or related discipline.Experience in insecticide toxicology, insect pathology, microbiology or bacteriology is preferred.Proven ability in diligent documentation, record-keeping, and reporting of experimental data is required.

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:June 30, 2018 or until suitable candidate is located.

DATE AVAILABLE:Upon completion of interview process.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:Must apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, resume, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted. For more information, please contact below. In lieu of attaching the letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Dr. Jeffrey A. Davis, Associate Professor

Louisiana State University

Department of Entomology

404 Life Sciences

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

phone: (225) 578-5618



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