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Research Associate
LSU AgCenter

  • Jun. 28, 2017
  • Research Associate
  • School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
  • LSU AgCenter
    Baton Rouge, LA
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Plant Genetics
    Agricultural - General
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Research Associate

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

WORK LOCATION: School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Sugarcane Genetics Laboratory of the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences is seeking a research associate to conduct genetic studies in sugarcane to improve agronomic traits, including but not limited to sugar content and (a)biotic stress resistance. The researcher will use contemporary molecular biology and functional genomics tools to identify genes and linked markers associated with the trait(s) of interest. The incumbent will also be expected to work in the field, as needed, in collaboration with a sugarcane pathologist on campus and breeders from Sugar Research Station, St. Gabriel and Sugarcane research Unit of USDA, Houma.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: M.S. in Genetics/Breeding, Plant Biotechnology or other Plant Biology related fields are required. The applicant should have demonstrated record of experience in molecular mapping using bi-parental and diverse population, gene expression analysis, and marker-assisted selection. The candidate should be able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Candidates with experience/ working knowledge in genome engineering via gene editing and polyploidy genetics will be given preference.

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: July 15, 2017 or until suitable candidate is located.

DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of interview process.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. 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:

Niranjan Baisakh, Ph. D.
Associate Professor
School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
104 Madison B Sturgis Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-1300; Fax: 225-578-1403
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