NATURE OF POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor. This position is a tenure-track 12-month appointment with 75% research (LSU AgCenter) and 25% teaching responsibilities (LSU College of Agriculture). The individual will be a faculty member of the LSU AgCenter Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:The individual will establish a nationally recognized, competitively funded research program on understanding plant responses to abiotic stresses, interactions between abiotic stresses and biotic stresses, such as infections by plant pathogens, and their impact on disease development and crop production. A strong background in plant physiology or biochemistry is required as well as a clear understanding of the impacts of biotic/abiotic stresses on plant performance and crop production. Examples of stress responses are seed germination and seedling emergence in heavy saturated soils, yield formation under high temperatures, root function in saturated soils, saline irrigation water, and others. Some examples of interactions include damping off diseases as affected by soil moisture, temperature and salinity as well as foliar disease as affected by numerous abiotic stresses. There are ample opportunities to collaborate with plant pathologists, agronomists, breeders and others. Teaching duties include a graduate level course to be determined by the successful applicant and taught in alternate years. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to develop an undergraduate general educational botany course, which may be team-taught, to be offered on a yearly basis. Mentoring graduate, undergraduate and/or postdoctoral researchers is expected. Securing extramural funding for research and teaching activities is expected. The faculty member also is expected to publish in appropriate peer-reviewed journals and to provide service to the department, institution and appropriate professional societies.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 15, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is selected.
A Ph.D. in Plant Pathology/Physiology, Biochemistry or a Ph.D. in a closely related field with experience in plant pathology/physiology is required.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, known as the LSU AgCenter, is one of 11 institutions within the Louisiana State University System. The LSU AgCenter’s mission is to provide the people of Louisiana with research-based educational information that will improve their lives and economic well-being. The LSU AgCenter includes the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, which conduc...ts agricultural-based research, and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, which extends the knowledge derived from research to the people of the state. The LSU AgCenter plays an integral role in supporting agricultural industries, enhancing the environment, and improving the quality of life through its 4-H youth, family and consumer sciences, and community development programs.