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Research Associate Specialist (Plant Pathology/Weed Science)
LSU AgCenter

Date Posted Jan. 19, 2024
Title Research Associate Specialist (Plant Pathology/Weed Science)
University LSU AgCenter
Alexandria, LA, United States
Department Rapides Parish
Application Deadline Feb. 2, 2024
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Plant Pathology
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences


Work Location:  Dean Lee Research and Extension Center, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Alexandria, Louisiana.

Position Description: Support and assist with coordination of plant pathology and weed science research programs for corn, cotton, grain sorghum, oats, soybean, and wheat. The successful applicant will focus their work efforts at the Dean Lee Research Station, but some travel will be required to conduct off-station research plots.  The applicant should have some working knowledge of agronomic crop production.  Duties will involve soil sampling, record keeping, scouting fields, spraying, planting, and harvesting of research plots, and maintenance of agricultural equipment used in the program.  In addition, the applicant will be responsible maintaining horticultural demonstration areas and landscapes at the Dean Lee Research Station.  Equipment usage and maintenance will include: four-wheelers, trailers, weigh wagons, tractors and sprayers.  The ability to operate and experience operating farm equipment is preferred.  The applicant should be computer efficient in Word, Excel, Power Point, and other applicable programs.  The applicant will assist the project leaders and other associates in maintaining and facilitating information exchange on the LSU AgCenter WebPages.  The applicant selected will be expected to develop working relationships with station scientists, other associates, extension agents, and agribusiness personnel.

Qualification Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in plant sciences, agronomy, horticulture, plant pest management, other agricultural curriculums or related discipline from an accredited college or university. Computer skills required. Farming and or research experience is highly desirable, but not necessary.  Candidates with non-agricultural degrees may be considered depending on other experiences.

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.

Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2024 or until an acceptable applicant is found.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, resume, official university transcripts, and contact information for three references. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Dr. G. Boyd Padgett

Professor/Specialist - Plant Pathology

Dean Lee Research Station/LSU AgCenter

8105 Tom Bowman Dr.

Alexandria, LA 71302

Telephone: 318-473-6520




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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