The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center’s School of Nutrition and Food Sciences (SNFS) seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Gut Health at assistant or associate professor level. This is a 9-month appointment with primary responsibilities in Research (80% LSU AgCenter) and Teaching (20% LSU College of Agriculture).Work Location: School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Position Description: The candidate is expected to form a high-impact bridge, in an emerging area, with faculty in nutrition, food science, microbiology, and engineering and contribute to understanding the function of the gut microbiome in maintaining health and preventing chronic disease. Responsibilities include the development of gut health research in understanding how the changes of gut microbiome due to diet and age affect gut health and chronic disease. Teaching responsibilities will include teaching one undergraduate and one graduate course per year. Additional teaching may be required when needed. Candidates with expertise in bioinformatics, molecular biology approaches, and microbiome function in relation to diet, aging and chronic disease are encouraged to apply. To support research efforts, both basic and clinical cores at Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC), LSU Veterinary Medicine, and a laboratory will be available for the successful applicant's research program.
General Information: The SNFS currently consists of 21 faculty members, 13 research/extension associates, and 5 supporting staff members. There are over 200 undergraduate students and 38 graduate students. The SNFS has a BS degree program in Nutrition and Food Sciences with areas of concentration in Dietetics (ACEND accredited); Nutritional Sciences / Premed; Nutrition, Health, and Society; and Food Science and Technology / Premed. The MS and Ph.D. degree programs in Nutrition and Food Sciences offer areas of concentration in Food and Bioprocessing Systems, Food Science and Technology, Human Nutrition, and Molecular Nutrition.
The LSU Agricultural Center and LSU maintain state-of-the-art research facilities, and faculty have access to extensive infrastructure and collaborative opportunities within the SNFS, and across campus. This includes the PBRC Genomics Core that has state-of-the-art instruments for DNA and RNA sequencing. Bioinformatics support is also available. Pennington Biomedical Research Center also has state-of-the-art clinical research facilities and a metabolic kitchen. The LSU Center for Computation & Technology and Information Technology Services has the necessary support structure for high-performance
computing resources and expertise at LSU (http://www.hpc.lsu.edu). The infrastructure for intensive bioinformatics is available for LSU faculty, including tools for sequence assembly, among others.
LSU is located in Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, and enriched by Louisiana's natural and cultural distinctiveness, the community of learning at Louisiana's national Flagship University readies students to meet the environmental, social, economic, scientific, creative, and educational challenges that confront us locally and globally in the twenty-first century. Learning together, the students who begin their intellectual journey with us, and the faculty whose research translates discovery into purpose make LSU a beacon of excellence. LSU represents the largest institution of higher education in the state and is the only public university in the state to be designated a Carnegie R1 Doctoral University with very high research activity. Among a handful of distinguished universities to enjoy Land, Sea, and Space Grant status, LSU offers vital research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as it transforms new technology into enterprise and lends expertise to solve endemic problems.
Qualification Requirements: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Nutrition, Food Science, Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, or closely related fields with expertise in core areas as identified above. Post-doctoral experience preferred with a scholarly emphasis on gut microbiome. Evidence of research excellence, ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research, and ability to develop and effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses is desirable.
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. Current 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: August 31, 2023 or until a suitable applicant is identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants)by attaching file(s) containing a curriculum vita, a letter of application, official university transcripts, three letters of reference, a statement describing how diversity would figure into your teaching, research, or extension activities, and a statement of teaching and research interests. Questions about the online application system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-0324. (Paper, faxed, or emailed application materials will not be accepted.) In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:
Jack Losso, Chair Search Committee
Professor, School of Nutrition and Food Sciences
201G Animal and Food Science Laboratory Building
39 Forestry Lane
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.