Research Associate Specialist (Renewable Natural Resources) - East Baton Rouge Parish - R00072405

(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position through 09/30/2023.Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)

Work Location: Aquatic Germplasm and Genetic Resources Center, 2288 Gourrier Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70820

Position Description: This is an opportunity for strongly motivated, independent, and innovative individuals to combine biology and open fabrication in a highly interdisciplinary environment. Responsibilities include: (1) independent research and process development for cryopreserving cell cultures relevant to reproductive biology; (2) collaboration with engineers and makers to produce practical devices for germplasm preservation; (3) close coordination for repository development with national stock centers that provide aquatic animals for biomedical research, and (4) development of manuscripts and presentations to disseminate information. Work after hours including weekends will be required periodically. Familiarity with sterile culture, microbiology, or reproductive biology is strongly preferred. Experience with CAD, 3-D printing, and open hardware is preferred including a strong desire for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Qualification Requirements: Candidates must have at least a Master’s degree in biological sciences, cell biology, biological engineering, or related field. Strong experience in aquatic genetic resources, cell biology, and technology development is preferred. Previous supervision of undergraduate and graduate students is highly desirable, as is experience in tinkering with electronics, microprocessors, and microcontrollers. Candidates must have strong written and oral communication skills.

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: September 30, 2022 or until a suitable applicant is located.

Date Available: Upon completion of selection process

Application Procedure: Must apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching letter of interest, vita, official university transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Dr. Terrence R. Tiersch, Professor
LSUAC Aquatic Germplasm and Genetic Resources Center
2288 Gourrier Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Phone: (225) 578-6257
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.

9/7/2022 7:09:24 PM
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