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Research Associate Specialist (Coastal Fisheries Ecology)
LSU AgCenter

Date Posted Feb. 21, 2024
Title Research Associate Specialist (Coastal Fisheries Ecology)
University LSU AgCenter
Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Department East Baton Rouge Parish
Application Deadline Mar. 6, 2024
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Agricultural - General


(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position through May 2025.  Continuation will be dependent on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)


Work Location:  School of Renewable Natural Resources, LSU Ag Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Position Description: A multi-investigator team based at LSU AgCenter is seeking a Research Associate to assist with diverse field, and lab work as part of a research program focused on fisheries ecology, oyster population dynamics, physiology, and reef ecosystem services. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree (BA, BS) in biology, oceanography, resources management or related field and lab and field experience working with shellfish, fisheries, and coastal management. The ideal candidate will be experienced in working in the field, driving and trailering boats, collecting field (plant, soils, bivalve, nekton) data, and working with fisheries gear (nets, longlines, traps). The successful candidate will be involved in several on-going projects involving the assessment of fish communities, active acoustics, oyster population performance, reef functioning, and be expected to help maintain lab and field equipment and vehicles. The position involves supporting and working with graduate students, as well as state, federal and non-governmental organization collaborators. Travel to field sites, including overnight stays, and occasional weekend work may be required.


Qualification Requirements:  Applicant must hold a BS or BA in biological sciences, natural resources management, or a related field.  Applicant must possess experience in some, or preferably all, of the following (1) experience working in the field, driving boats, and collecting field and laboratory data; (2) ability to work extended days outside during hot and cold days; (3) ability to work independently, create work plans, meet deadlines and collaborate; (4) experience and knowledge of coastal ecology, fish and bivalve ecology.


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. 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 of full-time and length of employment.


Date Available:  Upon completion of interview process.


Application Deadline:  March 6, 2024 or until suitable candidate is located.


Application Procedure:  Must apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, resume, university transcripts, and contact information for three personal referees. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:


Dr. Jeffrey Plumlee and Dr. Megan La Peyre

LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources

Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6202

Tel.: (225) 578-4180; Fax: (225) 578-4144;

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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 Employer.

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