Rank and Nature of Position: Assistant/Associate Professor; twelve-month tenure track. The position is 80% Research and 20% Extension
Work Location: The position will be located at the Red River Research Station, Bossier City, Louisiana. The incumbent will have a partial appointment with the LSU School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences at LSU main campus in Baton Rouge. An opportunity to mentor graduate students and participate in graduate education (M.S. and Ph.D.) will be provided.
Position Description: The position will plan and conduct an applied research program to evaluate the influence of cropping systems on the physical, mechanical, hydraulic, and thermal properties of soils and their overall impact on soil health. Additional research will develop predictive simulations/models on the impact of climate change on soil properties and soil health. Research will focus on the study of soil physical and thermal processes on water use efficiency, water quality, nutrient transport, and other soil services, and applicants will be expected to conduct field studies on hydrological cycles, soil water storage, deep drainage, and evapotranspiration as influenced by soil management practices with the goal of improving crop production. Additional activities include research on the impact of climate change on crop production through the management of GIS/remote sensing-based data analysis or the application/development of a physical data-based model. Knowledge and/or experience in the design, operation, and data analysis of laboratory and field experiments is desired.
The incumbent should have the ability to work independently as well as the ability to work effectively as part of a team is essential. The successful candidate will actively participate in collaborative and interdisciplinary programs focusing on soil physical processes related to agronomic crop production. The incumbent must be willing to cooperate in research projects with other scientists in the LSU AgCenter, other land grant institutions, private industries, local governments, as well as state and federal agencies. Establishing partnerships with Cooperative Extension Service agents and specialists is critical to successfully accomplish on-farm research and demonstrations. Faculty must exhibit strong communication skills to present research findings to scientists, extension faculty, consultants, agribusiness representatives, and producers. Generating the appropriate publications for dissemination of information to the academic community and stakeholders in a timely manner is mandatory. Proficiency in the use of computer software and electronic technologies is required for data management and delivery of information. Extramural funding from commodity boards and competitive grant programs will be necessary to support research and outreach activities. Professional development including participation in state, regional, national, and international societies is expected.
Qualification Requirements: Minimum of aPh.D. in soil science, soil physics, or closely related discipline with educational experience with soil physics, soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, and soil fertility. Training and/or field experiences in measuring crop growth and development in response to interactions among the environment, the soil, and the crop is desirable.
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 childcare 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, percentage effort and length of employment.
Application Deadline: April 19, 2021, or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Date Available: June 1, 2021.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or in Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts, and two letters of reference. 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:
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
Internal Number: R00053838
About Louisiana State University-AgCenter
The Red River Research Station is located in Northwest Louisiana just south of the Shreveport/Bossier City metropolitan area. The station also serves as the location of the Northwest Regional offices. The station is comprised on 573 acres of alluvial soils common to the Red River Valley in Louisiana. There are approximately 265 acres used for agronomic research and 200 acres in pasture. There are currently four faculty located at the station conducting agronomic research that focuses on the development of production practices aimed at improving yields or reducing production costs of the major crops in the region. These crops include cotton, soybeans, corn, wheat, and grain sorghum. The emphasis of the crop research is on improving irrigation efficiency and water quality to study the fate of pesticides and fertilizers in runoff from agricultural land. There is a constructed wetland on the station to facilitate some of this research. The pastures on the station support a small beef cattle herd that is used for forage agronomy research program. In addition to the agronomic crops, there is a horticultural research and demonstration program focused on economically efficient production of greenhouse tomatoes.