Work Location: The position will be based at the Tom H. Scott Research & Extension Center, Winnsboro, LA. Opportunities for research and extension activities exist at three research stations in the Northeast Region. The Northeast Region’s field stations include over 1,000 acres of crops and forages research. Research projects will be located at regional research stations with opportunities to expand research and extension activities to other regions of Louisiana. Laboratory and office space will be available in the Northeast Region. There are approximately 1250 cattle producers in the region with over 40,000 acres of forage.
Position Description: This is a 12-month, tenure-track position with a 65% research and 35% extension appointment domiciled at the Scott Research, Extension & Education Center. The successful candidate will provide forage producers in the twelve-parish region with research-based information and educational opportunities on forage production through a variety of delivery methods including on-farm visits, area-wide demonstrations, workshops, field days, and other educational meetings. The successful candidate must interact with commodity and agricultural industry partners to identify, develop and implement critical research projects. Collaboration with research and extension faculty within Louisiana, as well as with national experts on issues of shared interest and importance will be encouraged. Formal participation in multi-disciplinary, regional, or national research initiatives will be expected. Results of research should be published in peer-reviewed journals and other scientific/technical publications. Extramural funding to support the activities of the position should be solicited from federal and state agencies, commodity (state and national) research boards, and agricultural industries.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research program focused on forages at the Tom H. Scott Research and Extension Center as well as develop and coordinate research at the Northeast Research Station. They will be expected to work collaboratively with faculty from the LSU AgCenter’s Hill Farm Research Station and the faculty in the School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences in addressing industry needs. They will be responsible for working with advisory committees to identify clientele needs, developing research programs that respond to those needs, and assessing program impact. They will disseminate LSU AgCenter recommendations and provide current content to commodity web pages on the AgCenter web site. Technology transfer and outreach to stakeholders must be accomplished through web-based content, social media, agricultural trade magazines and traditional extension methods (newsletters, blogs, oral delivery and formal extension publications). Additional duties include participation in professional and technical meetings and other outreach as is necessary to inform producers, industry personnel, and other research scientists of project activities and findings. This faculty member will report to the Northeast Regional Director of the LSU AgCenter.
Qualification Requirements: A Ph.D. in agronomy, soil science, or other closely related agricultural field of study is required. Documented training in forages research and agronomic production practices is critical to the success of the position. Applicants should have demonstrated effective oral, written and electronic communication skills necessary for presentations to a variety of audiences. Evidence of successful grantsmanship, research activity, and stakeholder interaction will be important considerations. The ability to multi-task and work in a team environment with research 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: November 17, 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 single PDF file containing a letter of application, curriculum vita, official university transcripts, three letters of reference and a statement describing how diversity would figure into your teaching, research, and/or extension activities. 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. Melissa Cater
212-B Macon Ridge Road
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Winnsboro, LA 71295
Tel.: (318) 435-2903; Fax: (318) 435-2902
Web site: 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.