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 Hill Farm Research Station, Homer, Louisiana, and has approximately 300 acres of experimental forest, primarily of loblolly pine and upland hardwoods, to support the research program.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.
Research: Design and implement an innovative, comprehensive research program that addresses the effectiveness and sustainability forest resource stewardship practices, including but not limited to forest establishment, intermediate forest stand improvement, and harvesting practices.
Extension: Inform extension personnel of new discoveries in forest management and coordinate the dissemination of this information to forestry professionals of Louisiana and other states in the Western Gulf region. Disseminate research-based forest management innovations to university, federal, state, industry and private forestry professionals of the Western Gulf region through publications, workshops, conferences, presentations, field demonstrations, and Internet-based materials. Develop workshops and webinars that convey research-based forest management suggestions to forestry professionals of the Western Gulf region.
The successful candidate will develop and actively participate in collaborative and interdisciplinary programs focusing on forest management. Cooperators include 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 a variety of stakeholders with diverse backgrounds in forest management, including scientists, extension faculty and staff, 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.The incumbent is expected to secure extramural funding from competitive grant programs to support research and outreach activities.Professional development, including participation in state, regional, national, and international societies is also expected.
Qualification Requirements: Minimum of aPh.D. in silviculture, applied ecology, ecophysiology, or related field required.Training and/or field experiences in measuring tree growth and development in response to interactions among the environment, the soil, and the plant is desirable.It is also desirable for the candidate to have an active record of publications in high quality, peer-reviewed journals, a demonstrated ability to secure and manage research funding, experience interacting with the public, and disseminating timely information to stakeholders using a variety of communication methods (e.g., publications, newsletter articles, social media, etc.).
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: September 1, 2021, or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Date Available: October 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:
Dr. Patrick D. Colyer, Regional Director
Red River Research Station
262 Research Station Drive
Bossier City, La. 71112
Phone: 318-741-7430, Fax: 318-741-7433
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