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Job ID: 171099

Research Associate Specialist
LSU Agricultural and A&M College

Date Posted Nov. 3, 2021
Title Research Associate Specialist
University LSU Agricultural and A&M College
Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Department East Baton Rouge
Application Deadline Nov. 19, 2021
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Horticulture
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences


(This is a non-tenure track position funded by revenues generated by the Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Lab. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)

WORK LOCATION: Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Lab, School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences (STPAL), LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is a full-time, 12-month, Research Associate position in the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences. The incumbent will work in the STPAL in Sturgis Hall under the direct supervision of the Director of STPAL (currently Michael Breithaupt). The Research Associate performs a wide variety of tasks related to soil and plant analysis, with some of the functions requiring knowledge of sophisticated instrumentation and software and familiarity with soil science. Duties include:

  • Entering samples into database
  • Preparing, extracting, digesting, washing and testing samples on various instruments
  • Answering the phone
  • Helping customers in person
  • Making extractions for testing samples.
  • Understanding ICAP, LECO, and Lab Management software and maintenance if needed.
  • Making standards for ICAP
  • Calling problem samples (incorrect payment or wrong ID’s)
  • Supervision of student workers
  • Pick up soil kits from post office.
  • Any other jobs needed.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A BS degree in soil science, crop science, agronomy, horticulture, or related field is required. An MS degree and coursework in soil science is preferred. Prior experience with soil or plant testing procedures or advanced instrumentation and software interfaces is desirable.

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.

Application Deadline: November 19, 2021

Date Available: Upon completion of selection process

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at attaching letter of interest, transcripts, a detailed CV, 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:

Michael Stout
Professor and Head
Department of Entomology
402 Life Sciences Building
225-578-1602 /
Web site:

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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