Rank and Nature of Position: Assistant / Associate / Professor
Work Location: The position will be located at the Hill Farm Research Station, Homer, Louisiana. The position is 60% research and 40% extension. The individual will be a faculty member of the LSU AgCenter Northwest Region and will report to the Northwest Region Director. The incumbent will have a partial appointment with the Department of Renewable Natural Resources on the 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.
Job Description: This is a 12-month tenure track position that will have responsibilities for developing a 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. The Hill Farm Research Station has approximately 300 acres of experimental forest, primarily of loblolly pine and upland hardwoods, to support this research.
The incumbent should have the ability to work independently as well as the ability to work effectively as part of a team. The successful candidate will actively participate in collaborative and interdisciplinary programs focusing on forest management. 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. Generating the appropriate publications for dissemination of information to the academic community and stakeholders in a timely manner is mandatory. Faculty must exhibit strong communication skills to present research findings to scientists, extension faculty, consultants, agribusiness representatives, and producers Proficiency in the use of computer software and electronic technologies is required for data management and delivery of information. Extramural funding from 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.
The successful candidate will develop extension programs that support and align with overall Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service (LCES) forestry-based extension programs. This position will work with and through LSU AgCenter forestry extension agents to contribute to programming supporting the Louisiana Forestry industry. Establishing partnerships with Cooperative Extension Service agents and specialists is critical to successfully accomplish on-farm research and demonstrations. The successful candidate will 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 and 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. The candidate will also be expected to develop workshops and conferences that convey research-based forest management suggestions to forestry professionals of the Western Gulf region. The position will contribute to and disseminate LSU AgCenter recommendations through written, oral, video, website, and social media communications.
Qualification Requirements: Minimum of a Ph.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.
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.
Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process.
Application Deadline: April 14, 2022, or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter along with current 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. Tara P. Smith
Interim Regional Director
Red River Research Station
262 Research Station Drive
Bossier City, LA 71112
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com
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.