Research Associate Specialist (Ag Chemistry) - East Baton Rogue Parish - R00091300

Work Location: Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

Position Description: Responsible for performing basic and intermediate chemical laboratory work which involves the qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis of various samples including, feed, fertilizer, water, soil, plant and animal tissues for a variety of analytes. Some analyses will require the use of sophisticated instrumentation, including gas and liquid chromatography, inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer, nitrogen combustion analyzer, and other analytical instrumentation. Performing basic and intermediate laboratory tasks required for operation of laboratory including sample preparation, preventative and routine maintenance of analytical equipment, preparation of solutions and reagents, purchase of required reagents and supplies and normal laboratory housekeeping duties. Perform work in accordance with modern analytical chemical laboratory methods and procedures, such as those approved by AAFCO, AAPFCO, AOAC, FDA, USDA, and EPA as well as SOPs used by the laboratory. Other duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements: B.S. in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science or an agricultural science related field. Course work or experience in chemistry or laboratory analysis and a strong background in analytical chemistry are preferred. Familiarity with the handling of feed, fertilizer, pesticides or other agricultural inputs and laboratory quality assurance and quality control are desirable.

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 the selection process.

Application Deadline: March 8th, 2024 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Application Procedure: Apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) and attach cover letter including a statement of professional interest and goals, resumé, official university transcripts, and four letters of reference. Letters of recommendation should address the candidate’s qualifications for the position and potential for development. Letters of recommendation should candidly evaluate both strengths and weaknesses of the applicant for the position. In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to the hiring manager listed below. For more information contact:

Dr. Ted Gauthier
Department Head
Agricultural Chemistry Department
Agricultural Chemistry Building – LSU
Highland Rd, Room 102
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Telephone: 225/353/9545
Fax: 225/342/0027


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 Employer

2/26/2024 10:22:22 PM
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