Stephen Smith  |  5/8/2018 7:57:06 PM

Research Associate

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

WORK LOCATION: School of Renewable Natural Resources, LSU Ag Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

POSITION DESCRIPTION: A multi-investigator team based at LSU AgCenter is seeking a Research Associate to undertake research sampling and modeling submerged aquatic vegetation within coastal estuaries in Louisiana.Applicants should have a M.S. in biology, oceanography, resources management or related field and experience, knowledge of submerged aquatic vegetation biology and reproduction, and GIS, mapping and modeling skills.The ideal candidate will have well-developed data management and statistical analyses skills with a background in marine ecology, estuarine ecology and resource management, interest in development of species distribution modeling, spatial analyses and coastal restoration, and the ability to collaborate with an extensive team of state, federal and non-governmental groups. The successful candidate will be involved in several on-going projects building on modeling and mapping of submerged aquatic vegetation in coastal Louisiana.The project involves work with graduate students, as well as state, federal and non-governmental organization collaborators, and the successful candidate will be required to coordinate and communicate findings with all groups.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicant must hold a MS in biological sciences, natural resources management, or a related field.Applicant must possess experience, and demonstrated (1) ability managing large multi-collaborator field and lab based research projects, (2) experience working with statistical and spatial analysis programs, (3) experience and knowledge of coastal ecology, particularly submerged aquatic vegetation, (4) experience working in the field, driving airboats, mudboats, and collecting field and laboratory data.Ability to work independently, create work plans, meet deadlines, and collaborate critical.

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:May 22, 2018 or until suitable candidate is located.

DATE AVAILABLE:Upon completion of interview process.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:Must apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, and contact information for three professional references.For more information contact:

Megan K. La Peyre

Assistant Professor

School of Renewable Natural Resources

227 Renewable Natural Resources Bldg.

Baton Rouge, La. 70803



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