Work Location: Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, LSU Baton Rouge Campus, Louisiana
Position Description: This is a full-time 12-month, tenure-track position with an appointment of 70% research, 20% extension, and 10% teaching, focused on the biology, etiology and management of sugarcane diseases. The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong and innovative research program for managing sugarcane diseases and to develop their own area of specialization within plant pathology. Participation in the interdisciplinary LSU sugarcane breeding program is expected. In addition, the position plays a central role in a public and private sector partnership that provides certified seed-cane to sugarcane growers through the Sugarcane Disease Detection Laboratory. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated capabilities in managing plant diseases using host resistance and/or clean plant programs. The candidate also will transfer practical information to clientele groups and county agents on disease management strategies. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to teach a graduate-level course in plant disease epidemiology or another course essential for graduate student training in plant pathology and contribute to other courses when appropriate. The successful candidate will be expected to serve as a major advisor and on advisory committees for Ph.D. and M.S. students. Obtaining extramural funding from the sugarcane commodity group, federal and state agencies, and agro-industries to support the research program will be expected.
Qualification Requirements: A Ph.D. in plant pathology or allied field. Postdoctoral experience in plant pathology is highly desirable.
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.
Date Available: Upon completion of the interview process.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or in Workday for internal applicants) by attaching files containing a letter of application, curriculum vita, official university transcripts, three letters of reference and a one-page statement each on research, extension, teaching and how you would address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in your academic mission. 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. Raj Singh
Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
302 Life Sciences
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-485-4227; Fax 225-578-1415
The LSU AgCenter is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.