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  • Research Associate Specialist (Plant Pathology)
    Acadia Parish
    LSU Agricultural and A&M College


    (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: H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, LSU AgCenter, Crowley, LA


    Position Description:  Responsibility of working under the direction of a project leader doing research on rice disease control.  The duties will include field research, as well as some laboratory and greenhouse work.  The position will involve data collection, record keeping, and the use of materials and research equipment, including drones, tractors, and other agriculture equipment. The research associate will also be responsible for the general maintenance of the rice experiments, including weed and pest control, and fertilization. The position includes responsibility for the supervision of certain personnel and cooperation with other projects.


    Qualification Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in 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.  Computer skills are required. Applicants must have a driver’s license and pesticide application certification by the first three months of work. FFA drone pilot certification is desirable.


    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.


    Date Available: Upon completion of the interview process.


    Application Deadline:  December 1, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is identified.


    Application Procedure: Qualified candidates must apply online at  (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching file(s) containing a curriculum vita, a letter of application, official university transcripts, and two letters of reference. Questions about the online application system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-0324. (Paper, faxed, or emailed application materials will not be accepted.)  In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:      


    Kurt M. Guidry, Regional Director

    Southwest Region Office

    1373 Caffey Road

    Rayne, LA 70578


    Phone: 337-788-7547; Fax 337-788-7553

    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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