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  • Research Associate
    LSU AgCenter
    Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology


    Research Associate

    (This is a two year grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)

    WORK LOCATION: Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    POSITION DESCRIPTION: Conduct field and laboratory research on molecular biology of plant pathogens. Routine duties include: collecting plant tissue sample from affected trees in urban landscape, perform DNA isolation, PCR and restriction digestion, gel electrophoresis, and DNA sequence analysis; and daily lab activities including, maintaining experimental materials, equipment, and plant tissue specimens.

    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: B. S. or M. S. degree in Plant pathology or related field. Excellent skills in molecular biology techniques are required as is willingness to learn new techniques. Experience in working with fungi, microbial cultures, and/or microscopy is preferred. Experience with scouting of insect pests and diseases in the field is required. A valid Louisiana State driver’s license is required at the time of appointment. The successful candidate must be willing to use his/her own vehicle to travel to sampling sites, if needed. The successful candidate must be fluent in speaking English.

    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 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.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 15, 2018 or until suitable candidate is located.

    DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of interview process.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, university transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:

    Dr. Raj Singh
    Dept. of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology
    LSU Agricultural Center
    302 Life Sciences Building, Baton Rouge, LA. 70803
    Tel: (225) 578-4562, Fax: (225) 578-1415
    Email: rsingh@agcenter.lsu.edu
    Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com

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