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  • Research Associate
    School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
    LSU AgCenter

    Research Associate

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

    WORK LOCATION: School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Plant Stress Molecular Biology Laboratory of the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences is seeking a research associate to conduct studies to understand the abiotic stress responses in rice. The incumbent will use contemporary genetic tools to decipher the function of stress responsive gene(s) at the whole plant, cellular, molecular and biochemical levels.

    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates with a Ph.D./M.S. in plant molecular biology, cell biology, plant biotechnology or other related plant biology fields are encouraged to apply. The applicant should have demonstrated record of experience in one or more areas of molecular biology and biochemistry including but not limited to gene/protein expression and DNA/protein-protein interaction. The candidate should be able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Experience/working knowledge in genome engineering via gene editing is a plus.

    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: November 13, 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 describing research statement, detailed CV, university transcripts, and names for three 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:

    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
    Web site:

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