Research Associate Specialist - East Baton Rouge Parish - R00061646

Work Location: School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

Responsibilities: This position will involve research related to improving fish quality through cold chain management and packaging. The ideal candidate will be experienced in working in the field and working in laboratory setting. The individual filling this position will be responsible for managing all laboratory and field activities including inventory and procurement of supplies, as well as supervise undergraduate student workers. The RA will be responsible for coordinating research studies, sample collection, managing, preparation, and analyses. Statistical analysis also will be expected. The position involves supporting and working with faculty, graduate students, as well as state, federal, non-governmental organization, and industry collaborators. Sporadic travel to collect samples within Louisiana is expected, including overnight stays, and occasional weekend work may be required.

Qualification Requirements: B.S. or M.S. in Food Science or similar disciplines with strong background in food microbiology and food quality evaluation. Laboratory experience, excellent communication and writing skills, as well as good interpersonal skills are essential to perform in this position. The candidate should have the ability to perform multiple detail-oriented tasks in a reliable fashion, must be highly motivated with excellent organization and time management skills and able to work independently as well as member of a team. Candidate should have good analytical skill and sound judgment to make decisions regarding the reliability of results. Candidate needs to be able to prepare written and/or verbal reports on status of research and the technical procedures used; providing statistical and graphic summaries of findings and possible conclusions to assist with publications.

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. Current 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: November 19, 2021, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Date Available: Upon completion of selection process.

Application Procedure: Must apply online at by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. (Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials alone will not be accepted). In lieu of attaching the letters of recommendation, they may be sent directly to the contact listed below. For more information contact:

Evelyn Watts, Assistant Professor/Seafood Extension Specialist

School of Nutrition and Food Sciences

LSU AgCenter

201C Animal and Food Sciences Laboratories

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

O (225) 578-6304



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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