Stephen Smith  |  6/4/2018 2:26:55 PM

Research Associate

(Plant Pathology)

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

WORK LOCATION: Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA. Collaborative work will be conducted at other LSU AgCenter research stations and other locations as necessary.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting in designing, planting, and executing field trials in all field crops (cotton, corn, grain sorghum, peanut, soybean, and small grains).Responsibilities will include pesticide applications in test plots, maintenance of field plots, equipment calibration, data collection, and management of transient workers.Operation and maintenance of many different types of farm machinery specialized for planting, maintaining, and harvesting small plot research trials is required of the candidate.Additional responsibilities include data entry, analysis, interpretation, and presentation. The candidate will also be responsible for helping maintain research plot records and the pesticide inventory.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: The position requires a B.S. in plant pathology (preferred), agronomy, weed science, entomology, biological sciences, or a closely related field.Knowledge and skills in operating farm equipment, handling pesticides, using word-processing and data base management software is essential.Farming and/or field crop research experience is very desirable.Experience in row crop production is desirable. The successful candidate must have acceptable written and oral communication skills.

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: June 11, 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 detailed resume including educational and employment experience, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and any other pertinent information.Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to:

Dr. Boyd Padgett, Professor

Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology





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