(This is a non-tenure track position funded for a 2-year period. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment beyond that time.)
Work Location: This position will be based at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, Rayne, Louisiana.
Position Description: The Postdoctoral Researcher position will work with the Quantitative Genetics Laboratory at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station with the LSU AgCenter with Dr. Roberto Fritsche Neto and work closely with collaborators, such as the Rice Breeding Program. The responsibilities of the position will include: i) the development and application of prediction-based models, including experimental designs, molecular markers, envirotyping, and image data; ii) the development of analytical and data management tools (Shiny apps and R packages); and iii) Stochastics simulations order to improve breeding frameworks. Success in this position will require a sound understanding of plant breeding methods. The successful candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills. The LSU Quantitative Genetics Laboratory has a great computing analysis and image acquisition structure. Moreover, The LSU AgCenter rice breeding program has a comprehensive field-testing component, winter nursery facilities, a high-throughput SNP marker lab, and varieties developed from the program are widely grown across Louisiana and the Southern U.S. rice production region.
Qualification Requirements: Ph.D. in plant breeding, genetics, or related fields; strong background in quantitative genetics and experimental designs. Experience with the application of molecular markers and knowledge of genomic selection. Ability to work well across diverse teams and disciplines. Expertise in programming languages (R and Python). The position is based in Rayne, LA, and will include travel across Louisiana, the Southern U.S., and the Campus in Baton Rouge, LA.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and in line with NIH/NSF guidelines. 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: May 5, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a cover letter with a resume, official university transcripts, and three references' names and contact information. (Paper, faxed, or emailed application materials will not be accepted.) Questions about the online application system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-0324. For questions on this position, contact:
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