Research Associate (Weed Science)
(This is a grant funded, non-tenure track position with continuation of appointment dependent on funding availability, job performance, and continued need.)
WORK LOCATION: The position is located at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station near St. Joseph, La. Collaborative work will also be conducted at the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge and Sweet Potato Research Stations and off-station locations as necessary.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: An independent, highly motivated individual is needed to assist the lead program scientist in managing a program of research investigating weed management in soybean, cotton, sweet potato, corn, wheat, and grain sorghum, as well as cotton defoliation. The individual will be expected to assist in field preparation, establishment of field plans, operation and/or use of farm equipment, and data scheduling, collection, computer entry, and presentation preparation. Additional responsibilities will include pesticide application in research plots, maintenance of research plots, equipment calibration, detailed note taking of daily operations, and managing the daily operations and duties of transient workers in the program. The successful candidate also will be expected to assist in maintenance of all program field and laboratory equipment, order supplies as needed, and help maintain research plot records, program equipment and vehicle records, and pesticide inventory. Responsibilities also involve travel to additional LSU AgCenter research stations and off-station trial locations.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, plant pest management, plant science, biological sciences, agri-business, or a closely related field is required. Previous experience in agricultural field and greenhouse experimentation, a demonstrable skillset in organization, time management, and pesticide handling, and usage of word-processing, spreadsheet, power point, and data base management software are highly desired. The successful candidate must have acceptable written and oral communication skills.
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: January 26, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of selection process.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU by attaching cover letter with detailed CV including educational and employment experience, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and any other pertinent information. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to:
Dr. Donnie Miller
John B. Baker Professor for Excellence in Weed Science
Northeast Research Station
P. O. Box 438
St. Joseph, LA 71366
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.