Work Location: The position will be primarily located in the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences (SPESS), LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Position Description: The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center is inviting applications for the position of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Weed Science in the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences. This is a full-time, 12-month tenure track position with a 70% research and 30% teaching appointment.
Candidates are sought with the vision and expertise to develop and lead an innovative research program that advances integrated weed management and incorporates state-of-the art weed management technologies The candidate must communicate with commodity and agricultural industry partners to identify, develop, and implement critical research projects. The selected candidate is expected to obtain extramural funding to support research, mentor graduate students, communicate research results at professional meetings, and publish in refereed journals. Collaboration with research and extension faculty in Louisiana, and with national experts on issues of shared interest and importance is expected. Participation in multi-disciplinary, regional, and national research initiatives is essential. The candidate will mentor graduate students and post-doctoral scientists in weed science; participate in undergraduate advising and recruiting activities, and contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching of weed science and crop production courses. The candidate will also be expected to participate in departmental and college activities including serving on academic committees.
Qualification Requirements: A Ph.D. in Weed Science or other closely related field of study is required. Good interpersonal skills and leadership abilities are required for working effectively with diverse professional and public audiences and cooperators. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) with diverse audiences including scientific peers, clientele, and agribusiness representatives. Development of scholarly (peer-refereed) articles and educational curricula/programs for appropriate publications/journals and other outlets, including LSU AgCenter Extension publications, is required for professional development.
Evidence of successful grantsmanship, research activity, stakeholder interaction, and teaching experience will be important considerations. The ability to multi-task and work in a team environment with research, teaching, and extension faculty representing other disciplines is critical.
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. 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 selection process.
Application Deadline: June 17, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Qualified candidates must apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a cover letter, current CV, a statement of professional interest and goals, official university transcripts, three letters of reference, and a statement describing how diversity would be integrated into your research, teaching, and outreach activities. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Stephen Harrison - Search Committee Chairman
104 M. B. Sturgis Hall
LSU School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Website: AgCenter website
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