POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Research Associate Specialist
(This is a one-year grant-funded, full time (40 hrs./week) non-tenure track position through 12/31/2022. Continuation will be dependent on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)
WORK LOCATION: Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
RESPONSIBILITIES: Conduct field and laboratory research on molecular biology of plant pathogens. Routine duties include collecting plant tissue sample from affected trees in urban landscape, perform DNA isolation, PCR and restriction digestion, gel electrophoresis, and DNA sequence analysis; and daily lab activities including, maintaining experimental materials, equipment, and plant tissue specimens.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: an M.S. degree in Plant pathology, Entomology, or related field. Excellent skills in molecular biology techniques are required as is willingness to learn new techniques. Experience in working with fungi, microbial cultures, and/or microscopy is preferred. Experience with scouting of insect pests and diseases in the field is required. A valid Louisiana State driver’s license is required at the time of appointment. The successful candidate must be willing to use his/her own vehicle to travel to sampling sites, if needed. The successful candidate must be fluent in speaking English.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For detailed description of this position and benefits, please visit us at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/administration. 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.
Application Deadline: November 30, 2021.
Date Available: January 1, 2022.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or in Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a cover letter with resume, university transcripts, and two 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:
Dr. Raj Singh
Dept. of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, LSU Agricultural Center
302 Life Sciences Building, Baton Rouge, LA. 70803
Tel: (225) 578-4562, Fax: (225) 578-1415
Web sites: www.lsuagcenter.com/plantdiagnostics
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.