WORK LOCATION: AgChemistry Department, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The associate performs laboratory tests to determine chemical and physical characteristics of samples including, but not limited to, feed, fertilizer, lime, plant tissue, soil, water and pesticides. Associate will be required to adhere to and support the laboratory’s Quality Management System based upon ISO 17025 standards and to follow standard operating procedures required for job duties. Research associate ensures that their duties are completed accurately and delivered with high quality in a timely manner. Duties and Responsibilities include: Perform analytical tests based on standards and procedures as assigned by the Supervisor, Laboratory Quality Manager and Director. Assist and perform setup and operation of laboratory equipment. Calibrate laboratory instruments as needed to ensure that analysis is accurate according to the Quality Management system. Clean and sterilize laboratory equipment. Prepare chemical solutions according to standard formulas. Record test results on standardized forms. Understand and complete laboratory raw data sheets and make accurate entries into LIMS database. Ability to read and comprehend all analytical methods, including safety standards, other well-defined analytical standards and procedures used in the laboratory.
Exercise procedural, safety and quality requirements specified in LSU Agricultural Chemistry policies.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Must have a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Coastal Studies, Biological Sciences, Agronomy, Horticulture, Food Science, Nutrition, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Animal Science, Engineering, Forestry, Wildlife, Aquaculture or a related field.
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.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 5, 2018 or until a suitable applicant is located.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Mark LeBlanc
Director, Agricultural Chemistry
LSU Agricultural Center/LDAF
Phone (225) 342-5812
Fax (225) 237-5559