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Job ID: 232982

Research Associate Specialist
LSU AgCenter

Date Posted Mar. 14, 2024
Title Research Associate Specialist
University LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Department East Baton Rouge Parish
Application Deadline Mar. 28, 2024
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Agricultural - General


Work Location: The position will be housed on the LSU AgCenter Campus in Baton Rouge, LA, at the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, LSU AgCenter. The person hired will also travel regularly to research sites in Baton Rouge, and occasionally to the LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station in Chase, LA.


Job Description: A Research Associate position is available at the Sweetpotato Pathology Lab at Louisiana State University. This individual will assist with field plot research at the Burden Center, greenhouse studies, and postharvest research in Baton Rouge. Responsibilities also include training students and visiting scientists and maintaining relationships with clientele. Prior experience with tissue culture, diagnostic testing, molecular biology tools, and working with quarantine pests is highly preferred.


Qualifications: Bachelor's in plant pathology, MS preferred A successful candidate will have demonstrated experience working with viral, bacterial, and fungal plant pathogens. Preferred qualifications include experience working with root and tuber crops, working with post-harvest diseases, and with setting up and conducting lab, greenhouse, and field experiments. Excellent recordkeeping, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to collaborate with colleagues within and among departments are required. A valid Louisiana State driver’s license and ability to drive is required at the time of appointment or soon thereafter.


Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For detailed description of this position and benefits, please visit us at The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options, such as retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances, Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan, university holidays, 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 of full-time and length of employment.


Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process.


Application Deadline: March 28, 2024 or until a suitable candidate is identified.


Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a cover letter, curriculum vitae, university transcripts, and contact information for 2-3 references. 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:


Dr. Imana Power

Assistant Professor of Sweet Potato Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center




The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity Employer

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