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Assistant Professor Research

Louisiana State University -Dept of Geology and Geophysics
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Dec 31, 2022

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Job Description:

The Assistant Professor of Research is a 12-month, non-tenured track position in the LSU Department of Geology & Geophysics within the field of deltaic geology to support coastal-deltaic research focused on the future trajectory of the Birdsfoot Delta of the Mississippi River, and the submarine adjacent Mississippi River Delta Front. This position collaborates with other on-campus groups in support of this research and the appointee will conduct research, manage projects, prepare peer-reviewed research products, and attend and present at national and international conferences. The two grants supporting this position begin in 2022 and 2023 and end in 2027-2028. 

Duties include:
30% This position will be responsible for the acquisition and testing of geophysical sonars; Collecting, processing, and interpreting geophysical datasets (multibeam, subbottom, sidescan and magnetometer) using programs such as but not limited to: Caris HIPS and SIPS, Fledermaus, Kingdom Suite, Petrel, and ArcGIS.

20% The position will be responsible for conducting geological analyses of sediment cores, and/or supervising students who conduct these analyses. Analyses will include Geotek multi-sensor core logging, granulometry, radioisotope geochronology of sediment cores using these and other radioisotopes via gamma spectrometry: Pb-210, Cs-137, Be-7. Training will be provided to the candidate if needed.

20% The job duties include, but not limited to, organizing and leading meetings, preparing progress and final reports for compliance with federal contract requirements, conducting literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data, attending grant related meetings, preparing publications, reports and presentations. This position will also be responsible for the preparation of scientific maps, charts, and journal articles for purposes of scientific communication.

20% The successful candidate is also expected to manage and build their own research programs according to the policies, mission, priorities, and strategies of CoS, LSU, and the State of Louisiana. The candidate will build strategic partnerships with local, regional, and national partners in support of this research.

10% Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
PhD in Oceanography, Geoscience, Coastal Science, Coastal Engineering or a closely related field. Must have specific experience in marine sonar data processing, visualization, and interpretation.

This position does require Vehicle Operation. Due to this requirement, the candidates must maintain a valid driver's license and selected candidate is subject to drug screens per PM-33/PS-67/FASOP HR-04.

Due to the position's requirement of Safety and Security Sensitive Job, the selected candidate is subject to drug screens per PS-67/FASOP HR-04.

Preferred Qualifications:
PhD in Oceanography, Geoscience, Coastal Science, Coastal Engineering or a closely related field.

Specific Experience in the following:

Experience in marine sonar data processing, visualization, and interpretation.
Experience in collection and geological analysis of cores in soft sediments, including piston cores, multi cores, and other coring tools.
Experience in multi-day geological research cruises in which operations run via shifts around the clock.

5 years Post doc experience.

Additional Job Description:

Special Instructions:

Please submit a current cv, a statement of research and contact information of 3 references. An official transcript showing highest degree obtained will be needed prior to hire.

Posting Date:

November 29, 2022

Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):

Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

Essential Position (Y/N):   

LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (

HCM Contact Information:

Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed


The Louisiana State University occupies a 2,000-acre campus on the banks of the Mississippi River just south of Baton Rouge. The campus is defined by its stunning Italian Renaissance architecture, red roofs and abundant oak trees. LSU is the flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System, and the largest institution of higher education in Louisiana in terms of student enrollment. In 2011, the University enrolled nearly 24,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students in 14 schools and colleges. Designated as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution, LSU is noted for its extensive research facilities, operating some 800 sponsored research projects funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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