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Job ID: 217525

Research Associate Specialist (Specialty Crops)
LSU AgCenter

Date Posted Jul. 12, 2023
Title Research Associate Specialist (Specialty Crops)
University LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Department East Baton Rouge Parish
Application Deadline Jul. 26, 2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Horticulture


Work Location:  LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. Baton Rouge, LA, 70809

Position Description: The individual will report to the Director of the Botanic Gardens and be expected to perform a variety of duties as a research associate at the Botanic Gardens with an emphasis on roses.  Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Experience in translating oral and written directions.  Experience in observation and paying close attention to detail. Familiarity with pesticides and pesticide safety. Strong track record of reliably delivering on-time results. Strong interpersonal skills. Willing to work in a group of diverse people while supporting team members to meet team objectives.  As appropriate, possess the ability to work independently.  Must have experience with computer programs, such as Microsoft Word and Excel.  Must be familiar with and interest in conducting greenhouse, controlled environment chamber, and/or field trials. Must be able to work some nights and weekends.

These duties include:

  • conducting research in plant propagation and production

  • experimental design and setup; data collection, analysis and generation of reports using various data software applications; ability to present summary of technical results

  • assisting with trial programs

  • assisting with plant production projects and landscape maintenance

  • supervision of student employees

Qualification Requirements: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field of agriculture.  A master’s degree is preferred. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in horticulture or a related field.  Also prefer additional training in propagation and plant production with experience conducting research related projects.

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.

Date Available:  Upon completion of the selection process.

Application Deadline: July 26, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching files containing a letter of application, curriculum vita, official university transcripts, and three letters of reference. 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:

Jeff S. Kuehny

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

4560 Essen Lane

Baton Rouge, LA 70809sd

Phone : 225-763-3990

Fax : 225-763-3993


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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.

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