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  • Research Associate Specialist
    Iberville Parish
    LSU AgCenter


    Work Location: Audubon Sugar Institute, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, St. Gabriel, Louisiana. Audubon Sugar Institute has been a part of the Louisiana State University System for over 100 years. It is unique in offering a mix of research, extension, education and training in all aspects of sugar processing. It is committed to achieving excellence in the local and international areas. 

    Position Description: 80% (Research) - The candidate will be responsible for physical and chemical analyses of sugar factory product samples Quices, molasses, syrups, among others). He/she will also ensure that all equipment is properly maintained, that safety requirements are met and that supplies and chemicals are properly manage. The candidate will also be expected to ensure that all work is accurate and completed in a timely manner, and the results are reported in the appropriate format. The candidate will also be responsible for the chemical and equipment inventory of the analytical laboratory. He/ she may be expected to perform quarterly laboratory safety inspections. 
    20% (Extension) - The candidate will accompany visits to factories to take samples of sugar factory products and/ or register operation variables as part of studies requested by the factories. He/ she will also be responsible for the analysis of the samples. 

    Qualification Requirements: A Bachelors degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biological and Agricultural Engineering/ Chemical Engineering/ Analytical Chemistry or closely related field plus experience in chemical research or analyses. 

    Preferred Qualifications: Experience with analytical methods used in sugar processing research. Proficiency with instruments such as refractometers, spectrophotometers, and High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is preferable. 


    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, long­term 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 selection process. 

    Application Deadline: May 31, 2023 


    Application Procedure:  Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a cover letter with resume, official university transcripts, and the names and contact information of two references. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted. For more information contact:


    Stephania Imbachi-Ordonez 
    Audubon Sugar Institute 
    Louisiana State University Agricultural Center 
    3845 Hwy 75 
    St. Gabriel, LA. 70776

    Phone 225/642-0135; Fax; 225/642-8790



    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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