Stephen Smith  |  10/17/2018 1:28:40 PM

Postdoctoral Researcher

(Community Nutrition)

(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)

WORK LOCATION: School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, LSU Ag Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the Louisiana State University AgCenter seeks one postdoctoral researcher to work in the community nutrition program of Dr. Denise Holston. The selected applicant will work on Healthy Communities research, evaluation and extension activities. The Healthy Communities project is an obesity prevention project that promotes community-driven policy, systems and environmental (PSEs) change strategies (interventions) to address the nutrition and physical activity environments in targeted parishes, with a focus on rural locations where obesity is prevalent.

Responsibilities include: Assist in the development and validation of PSE change strategy interventions and evaluation protocol and instrumentation. Develop technical and scholarly communications related to process, outcomes, and impacts of PSE change strategies facilitated by the LSU AgCenter Family and Consumer Science agents. Document protocol and conduct research focused on the feasibility and effectiveness of PSE strategies in different locations and among different sectors. Manage weekly progress of graduate students. Train graduate students in research/program protocol and data collection techniques. Present scholarly activity at scientific and professional conferences and submit publications in peer-reviewed journals. Develop collaborative relationships with practitioners and networks in the field.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A PhD from an accredited institution in nutrition, dietetics, public health or other relevant field and experience in community nutrition and translational research. Demonstrated experience in community nutrition and/or public health. Experience working with the public and evidence of effective human relation skills; excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite); experience and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and public speaking among a variety of clientele with emphasis on professional groups; proficiency in statistical software packages, such as SPSS. A minimum of an “emerging” record of scientific accomplishment by peer-reviewed publications is a must for this position. A valid Louisiana’s Driver’s License is also required.

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:November 1, 2018 or until suitable candidate is located.

DATE AVAILABLE:Upon completion of interview process.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:Must apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, transcripts, and two letters of reference. For more information, contact:

Denise Holston, PhD, LDN, RD

LSU Agricultural Center

School of Nutrition and Food Sciences

110 LSU Union Square

Knapp Hall

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Telephone: 225/578-4573; Fax: 225/578-4443


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