Research Associate Specialist (Sweet Potato) - Franklin Parish - R00069430

Work Location: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Sweet Potato Research Station, Chase, Louisiana

Position Description: The incumbent will provide support to the sweet potato Foundation Seed and Breeding programs, working with and through project leaders conducting research and extension programs in sweet potato. Research activities and program support will primarily occur at the Sweet Potato Research Station, as well as several other LSU AgCenter research stations and commercial sweet potato on-farm locations across Louisiana and southeastern states. The successful candidate will be expected to work with faculty to plan, coordinate, implement, and assist with data collection in greenhouse and field trials. Routine duties will include plot establishment and maintenance, data collection and organization. In addition, the successful candidate will be required to operate and maintain various types of research equipment associated with the program and use computer software for data management. Other responsibilities will include working with the station coordinator and sweet potato breeder to assist in coordinating logistical processes related to the sweet potato foundation seed program (shipping and distribution of seed roots and plant material). During busy times of year, it may be necessary to work beyond the normal 8-hour workday. Seasonal travel to off-site locations in Louisiana and surrounding states will be necessary on occasion.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in plant sciences, agronomy, horticulture, plant pest management, other agricultural curriculums or related discipline from an accredited college or university. Other degree may be accepted with experience or education related to job duties. Computer skills required. Experience with field research or plant breeding is desirable. A willingness to work in a team environment and exceptional verbal and written communication skills are preferred.

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: August 3, 2022 or until an acceptable applicant is found.

Application Procedure: Apply online at Workday (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, resume, official university transcripts, and contact information for three references. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Tara Smith
Regional Director - Central Region
Telephone: 318-473-6520
Website: AgCenter website

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

7/20/2022 6:53:14 PM
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