(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: Rice Research Station, LSU AgCenter, Crowley, La.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Responsibility of working under the direction of a project leader performing research activities examining ecology and integrated pest management of rice insects. The duties will include field research, as well as some laboratory and greenhouse work. The research associate will be expected to work independently to design experiments and collect and analyze data along with assisting project leader in publishing and presenting results. Research activities include planting, maintaining, and harvesting rice research plots, in addition to collecting and processing rice samples for insect injury and conducting insect biology assays in the greenhouse and laboratory. The position will also include responsibility for supervision of certain personnel, facilitating graduate student research, and cooperation with other projects. Applicant should be willing and able to perform physical work outdoors.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A bachelor’s degree in entomology, plant sciences, agronomy, plant disease management, plant pest management, or related discipline from an accredited college or university. Other degrees may be accepted with experience or education related to job duties. Knowledge and experience in working in an agriculture research setting and a working knowledge of farming practices, including pesticide applications and operation of farm machinery, is highly desirable. Computer skills required.
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.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or in Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, 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:
Donald E. Groth
LSU AgCenter/Southwest Region
H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station
1373 Caffey Road
Rayne, LA 70578
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com