Stephen Smith  |  8/15/2017 3:07:54 PM

Research Associate

(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)

WORK LOCATION: Department of Entomology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA and the USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Laboratory, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (primary work location).

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The LSU Department of Entomology and the USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory have established extensive collaboration during the past few years. This position is being advertised for a research associate who will conduct laboratory techniques on projects pertaining to honey bee health. The selected candidate will start as early as September 1, 2017. The position is for one year, with additional years contingent upon funding. Tasks include the following: Execute a wide variety of molecular biology and analytical chemistry techniques. Organize incoming projects from various scientists for analysis. Maintain efficient storage and retrieval for samples both pre- and post-analysis. Prepare a variety of tissue samples and process material for diagnostics of nucleic acids or proteins. Optimize assays used with existing equipment. Calibrate equipment as required. Troubleshoot equipment and processes as needed. Investigate upgrades to methods and equipment that would enhance the repeatability and reproducibility of experimental processes. Maintain lab inventory of reagents and consumables. Prepare Excel spreadsheets to report complete materials and methods and data prior to presentation to relevant SY.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A bachelor’s degree is required for this position. Experience working with honey bees is preferred.

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: August 14, 2017 or until suitable candidate is located.

DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of interview process.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Dr. Kristen Healy

Department of Entomology

404 Life Sciences

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Email: khealy@lsu.edu

Phone: 225-578-7386

Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com

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