Research Associate Specialist - East Baton Rouge Parish - R00070073

Work Location: LSU AgCenter Food Incubator, Baton Rouge, LA

Position Description: This position is responsible for assisting with the operation of the LSU AgCenter Food Innovation Institute (FOODii) Plant Operations and support of technical service offered by FOODii.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: assist the Plant Operations Manager with usage of incubator and pilot plant facilities by tenants and AgCenter faculty; maintaining sanitary conditions within the physical plant; assist tenants and staff with safe use of equipment and guidance and assistance in processing techniques; assist with coordination of access and scheduling of tenants in various facilities; develop and maintain key performance metrics to report monthly; assist Head Research Associate with implementation of research and processing protocols for experiments, product development, processing studies and teaching exercises. Complete tasks independently and maintain proper laboratory and business-type records.

Other duties include: Contributing to a multi-disciplinary, team atmosphere focused on the success of LSU AgCenter faculty and FOODii tenants and staff.

Qualification Requirements: BS or MS degree in Food Sciences or related field. One to three years experience in food processing and or food research. Willingness to obtain HACCP Certification, Better Processing or other Food Safety Certification/Training. Knowledge of food science research and testing protocols, awareness of food processing, preservation and packaging.

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 LSUSystem. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

Application Deadline: August 30, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is identified

Date Available: Upon completion of the interview process.

Application Procedure: Must apply online at Workday (or through Workday for internal candidates) by attaching cover letter, resume, official university transcripts, and a list of three references. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted. For more information, please contact:

Dr. Wade Baumgartner
Associate Vice Presdent
104 Efferson Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
LSU Agricultural Center
Telephone: 225-578-7742


Web site: 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

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