Research Associate Specialist - Acadia Parish - R00068051

(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position through 12/31/2023. Continuation will be dependent on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)

Location: H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, LSU AgCenter, Crowley, Louisiana.

Duties and Responsibilities: Responsibility of working under the direction of the project leader, in a team setting, doing research on rice breeding and genetics. The duties will include managing DNA marker lab activities, including leaf sampling, management of tissue inventory, coordinating outsourced genotyping jobs, and overseeing marker-assisted selection jobs. These activities will involve planting, tracking, sampling, and organizing of 10,000s of leaf and seed samples. Additional duties include conducting and coordinating large scale grain quality analysis of using Seedcount, milling, and Rapid Visco Analyzer equipment. The Research Associate will coordinate marker lab and greenhouse activities and assist with sampling in the field. This position will assist with other breeding and marker lab activities throughout the year, including operating KASP SNPline genotyping equipment. Some activities may occasionally require working outside the standard workday to complete time sensitive tasks and occasional travel may be necessary.

Qualification Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in a plant science or agriculture field, general studies, logistics, management, or related field from an accredited college or university is required. Other degrees may be accepted with experience or education related to the job duties. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and ability to learn software programs required. The position requires excellent organization skills and attention to the detail. Experience in inventory management and demonstrated experience in sample preparation and high-throughput research are required. Applicants must have experience in using standard laboratory equipment and procedures, including DNA extraction and PCR analysis. Experience conducting laboratory research involving KASP DNA markers using the LGC SNPLine equipment and conducting grain quality research using Seedcount, Rapid Visco Analzyer, and milling equipment is highly desired. Ability to work in the field and greenhouse under hot and humid conditions.

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.

Date Available: Upon completion of interview process.

Application Deadline: June 24, 2022 or until an acceptable applicant is found.

Application Procedure: Apply online at LSU My Workday Jobs by attaching cover letter with resume, all university transcripts and three letters of recommendation. (Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted.) In lieu of attaching the letters of recommendation, they may be emailed or mailed directly to:

Kurt M. Guidry

Rice Research Station

1373 Caffey Road

Rayne, LA 70578

Email:; Telephone: 337/788-7531

Web site:

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.

6/10/2022 7:08:36 PM
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