Work Location: The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center’s School of Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS) seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Gut Health at the level of assistant or associate professor. This is a 12-month appointment with primary responsibilities in Research (70%) and Teaching (30%). This position will be jointly appointed with the LSU Agricultural Center (40%), Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC; 30%) and the LSU College of Agriculture (30%).
General Information: NFS consists of 23 faculty members, 10 research, extension, and teaching associates: and 5 supporting staff members. There are 234 undergraduate students and 59 graduate students. The School 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 PhD degree programs in Nutrition and Foods Sciences offers areas of concentration in Food and Bioprocessing Systems, Food Science and Technology, Human Nutrition, and Molecular Nutrition.
The LSU Agricultural Center and LSU maintains state-of-the-art research facilities and faculty have access to extensive infrastructure and collaborative opportunities within the School and across campus. This includes the PBRC Genomics Core that operates an Illumina MiSeq sequencing instrument capable of performing 16S metagenomics analyses of microbial community compositions. Bioinformatics support is also available as is state of the art clinical research facilities and metabolic kitchen.
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.
Responsibilities: 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 association with gut health. Responsibilities include development of gut health research in understanding how the changes of gut microbiome due to diet and age affects gut health. Teaching responsibilities include teaching an undergraduate course in food ingredients associated with the gut microbiome and a graduate multi-disciplinary course in gut health. Candidates with expertise in bioinformatics and molecular biological approaches and microbiome function in relation to diet and age are encouraged to apply. To support research efforts, both basic and clinical cores at PBRC will be available for the successful applicant's research program.
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.
Application Deadline: December 31, 2019 or until a suitable applicant is located.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a letter of application, curriculum vitae/resume, transcripts, contact information for at least 3 references, and statement of teaching and research interests. A copy of your transcript(s) should be attached to your application. However, original transcripts are required prior to hire. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre‐employment background check. For more information contact:
Dr. Marlene Janes, Search Committee Chair School of Nutrition and Food Sciences
LSU Agricultural Center
130 Agricultural Chemistry Building Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-342-5812, extension 129
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