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Research Associate (Invertebrate Molecular Biology/Microbiology)
LSU AgCenter

Date Posted Jul. 23, 2018
Title Research Associate (Invertebrate Molecular Biology/Microbiology)
University LSU AgCenter
Department Entomology Department
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Baton Rouge, LA
    United States
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Entomology
    Agricultural - General

Research Associate
(Invertebrate Molecular Biology/Microbiology)

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

WORK LOCATION: Department of Entomology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.

NATURE OF WORK: This position will involve lab management and research related to molecular biology of invertebrates (insects and their meiofaunal food web) and their microbial symbionts. The individual filling this position will be responsible for supporting and conducting scientific research in the laboratory of Dr. Husseneder in the Department of Entomology. This includes insect and food web identification (DNA barcoding, 16S/18S sequencing), population genetics (genotyping by sequencing), microbiology (bacteria and protozoa culture, phage assays), and bioassays. Duties will include: Conducting bench-level experiments including DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, genotyping, sequencing, culture of microorganisms, vector construction, cloning, using mostly commercially available kits, and sequence data evaluation (bioinformatics). The candidate must be able to assist with troubleshooting and adjusting experimental protocols, consult with other scientists or scientific literature, to ensure project completion in a timely fashion. Diligent documentation, record-keeping and reporting of experimental data is required. Duties include operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment (e.g., PCR and qPCR machines, autoclave, Millipore Water system, and freezers) as well as training of new lab members and supervision of student workers, Regular duties will include maintaining chemical and biological inventory, routine maintenance of lab equipment and laboratory safety, ordering supplies, preparing laboratory reagents, among others.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree with strong background in molecular biology/microbiology or related field, laboratory experience and excellent communication and writing skills. Familiarity with basic molecular biology and sterile techniques plus operation of lab equipment. Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to perform multiple detail-oriented tasks in a reliable fashion. The successful candidate should be highly motivated with excellent organization and time management skills and able to work independently as well as member of a team. Good analytical abilities and ability to prepare written and/or verbal reports on status of research and the technical procedures used, including statistical and graphic summaries of findings and possible conclusions to assist with publications.

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: August 10th, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a cover letter, résumé, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. 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:

Claudia Husseneder
Entomology Department
LSU AgCenter
402 Life Sciences Building
Baton Rouge, La. 70803
Phone: 225-578-1819

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