Stephen Smith  |  12/21/2017 8:36:29 PM

Research Associate

(Production and Monitoring of Giant Salvinia Weevils)

(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Continuation will depend on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)

WORK LOCATION: Entomology Department, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The successful candidate will be responsible for rearing and monitoring of giant salvinia weevils (Cyrtobagous salviniae) in coastal Louisiana. Responsibilities will include the rearing of weevils in open-earthen ponds located in Jeanerette and Lafayette, LA. Activities will include inoculation of giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta) into the ponds, fertilization of plants, inoculation of weevils, monitoring of pond conditions, and harvest of ponds. Regular pond maintenance will include herbicide and insecticide application in and around the ponds to reduce weed and insect densities. The associate will follow an established quality-control protocol for the mass rearing operation. Water quality data (pH, conductivity, nitrogen levels) and weevil density (adults and larva counts) will be collected monthly. The associate will work closely with team leaders of LSU AgCenter and Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) to coordinate the harvest of weevil-infested salvinia for distribution in coastal parishes. The impact of the biological control program will be monitored at several marshes in coastal Louisiana. The candidate will sample several field sites in coastal Louisiana and collect data such as salvinia biomass, submerged aquatic vegetation, water quality, and weevil densities. Physical activities related to this job may include but not limited to: periodic lifting of 20 lbs., mowing perimeter of ponds, using a backpack sprayer, driving state trucks and boats, wading in waist deep water to collect weevil samples, and harvesting ponds. The successful candidate will prepare quarterly reports and will work closely with collaborators in CWPPRA, United States Fish and Wildlife Services, and United States Geological Survey. For more information about biological control of giant salvinia, please visit: www.lsuagcenter.com/giantsalvinia

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in Entomology or related discipline including Ecology, Biology or Botany. Experience working with insects, aquatic habitats, insect colony maintenance, data collection, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or boating is preferred. We seek a candidate with a high standard in scientific writing and oral communication.

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:February 1, 2018 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, university transcripts, CV, and contact information for three references. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted. For more information contact:

Dr. Rodrigo Diaz

Louisiana State University

Department of Entomology

404 Life Sciences

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone: (225) 578-1835

Email (preferred): rdiaz@agcenter.lsu.edu


Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com

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