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  • Research Associate
    Office of Sponsored Programs and Intellectual Property
    LSU AgCenter

    Research Associate

    Work Location: Office of Sponsored Programs and Intellectual Property, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    About the LSU Agricultural Center: The LSU AgCenter, is one of nine campuses within the broader LSU enterprise (LSU System). The LSU AgCenter includes the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, which conducts agricultural-based research, and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, which extends the knowledge derived from research to the people of the state. The AgCenter is headquartered in Baton Rouge and has 12 “on campus” academic departments and five regions which are made up of 17 branch research stations and an extension office in each parish. For more information, visit the AgCenter’s web site at Administratively aligned with the AgCenter is the LSU A&M campus’s College of Agriculture which oversees the teaching function. Many AgCenter faculty hold joint appointments with the College of Agriculture so coordination is important.

    Responsibilities: The Research Associate Specialist works on a collaborative team of employees who provide administrative support to the contract and grant processes for the campus, intellectual property and technology transfer. The Research Associate will focus primarily on these duties as applied to the LSU Food Incubator and otherwise assisting in the day-to-day operations of the LSU Food Incubator.

    Duties for the position include assisting with the following:

    Updating Sponsored Programs and Intellectual Property databases
    Disclosure review and technology scoring
    Negotiation of Non-disclosure and material transfer agreements
    Licensee compliance
    Food Incubator (FI) client relations
    Monitoring and assisting FI client production activities
    Billing and accounting for FI
    FI promotional product assembly
    FI Young Entrepreneur projects
    Preparing routing forms, budgets and proposals for FI projects
    Other duties as assigned

    Qualification Requirements: Minimum Qualifications is a Bachelor’s degree. Demonstrated penchant for attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to explain university policies, regulations, statutes and guidelines to others; Negotiation skills sufficient to negotiate the terms and conditions of basic university transactional agreements, or demonstrated ability to develop such a skill set; Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to interact with individuals at multiple levels and disciplines; Proven ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines including ability to prioritize; Demonstrated ability to work independently and follow through on assignments; Strong computer and internet skills; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Ability to think critically, flexibly and analytically. Preferred Qualifications include experience with technology evaluation for market potential; Familiarity with Wellspring Sophia database; Familiarity with basic accounting principles; Experience in planning, developing, implementing and conducting training workshops and programs. Ability to work in a small multi-function office environment with cross trained team members.

    Salary and Benefits: Compensation will be on an hourly basis and 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 effort and length of employment.

    Application Deadline: January 9, 2020 or until a suitable applicant is located.

    Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, resume, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. 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:

    Human Resource Management
    103 J.N. Efferson Hall
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803


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