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Research Associate Specialist (Soil Fertility/Agronomy)
LSU Agricultural and A&M College

Date Posted Feb. 1, 2023
Title Research Associate Specialist (Soil Fertility/Agronomy)
University LSU Agricultural and A&M College
Winnsboro, LA, United States
Department Franklin Parish
Application Deadline Feb. 15, 2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Agricultural - General
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences


(This is a grant funded non-tenure track position. Continuation of employment will be dependent on funding availability, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)

Work Location: This position will be housed at the Louisiana State University AgCenter – Macon Ridge Research Station in Winnsboro, LA. Collaborative work will also be conducted at other LSU AgCenter Research Stations which include Northeast, Dean Lee, Red River, Ben Hur, Rice, and other locations as necessary.


Position Description: The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting resident scientist prepare and issue data reports, design, plant, and execute field research trials in corn, soybean, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, and wheat. Responsibilities will include field preparation, establishment of field plans, operation and/or use of farm equipment, and data scheduling, collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation. Additional responsibilities will include fertilizer and pesticide applications in test plots, maintenance of field plots, equipment calibration, detailed note taking of daily operations, and manage the daily operations and duties of transient workers. The candidate also will be expected to help maintain all field and laboratory equipment, order supplies as needed, and help maintain research plot records and fertilizer and pesticide inventory. Responsibilities also involve some travelling to different research stations and producer fields.


Qualification Requirements: The position requires a B.S. in agronomy, soil science, plant pathology, entomology, plant science, biological sciences, or a closely related field. Knowledge and skills in organization, time management, handling pesticides, using word-processing, spreadsheet, and data base management software is essential. Farming and/or field crop research experience is desirable. 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.


Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process.


Application Deadline: Februrary 15, 2023 Until a suitable candidate is identified.


Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with detailed CV including educational and employment experience, official university transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and any other pertinent information. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to:


Dr. Rasel Parvej

Assistant Professor and Soil Fertility Specialist

LSU AgCenter

Macon Ridge Research Station

212-A Macon Ridge Road

Winnsboro, LA  71295

Telephone:  318-435-2157

Fax:  318-435-2133




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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