Research Associate Specialist (Production and Monitoring of Giant Salvinia Weevils) - East Baton Rouge Parish - R00060029

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

WORK LOCATION: Department of Entomology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA. Most of the fieldwork will be located in Cade which is 25 minutes south of Lafayette, Louisiana.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The successful candidate will be responsible for rearing salvinia weevils (Cyrtobagous salviniae) in open-earthen ponds located in Cade, 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 occasional herbicide and insecticide applications to reduce pest 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 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to coordinate the harvest of weevil-infested salvinia for distribution among stakeholders. The candidate is expected to participate in research projects on aquatic weeds control including evaluation of weevil release recommendations, spatial distribution of weevils, integration of herbicides and weevils, among others.

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 LDWF.

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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 education 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.

DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of selection process.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 1, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is identified

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at (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.) 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):

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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