Research Associate (Coastal Ecology) - School of Renewable Natural Resources - R00033474

Stephen Smith  |  5/3/2019 3:29:07 PM

Research Associate

(Coastal Ecology)

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

Work Location: School of Renewable Natural Resources, LSU Ag Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Responsibilities: A multi-investigator team based at LSU AgCenter is seeking a Research Associate to assist with diverse field, and lab work as part of a research program focused on oyster population dynamics, physiology, and reef ecosystem services. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree (BA, BS) in biology, oceanography, resources management or related field and lab and field experience working with shellfish, fisheries, coastal management. The ideal candidate will be experienced in working in the field, driving and trailering boats, collecting field (plant, soils, bivalve, nekton) data. The successful candidate will be involved in several on-going projects involving the assessment of oyster population performance, reef functioning, including fisheries use, shellfish population assessment, and be expected to help maintain lab and field equipment and vehicles. The position involves supporting and working with graduate students, as well as state, federal and non-governmental organization collaborators.Travel to field sites, including overnight stays, and occasional weekend work may be required.

Qualification Requirements: Applicant must hold a BS or BA in biological sciences, natural resources management, or a related field. Applicant must possess experience in some, or preferably all, of the following (1) experience working in the field, driving boats and collecting field and laboratory data (2) ability to work extended days outside during hot and cold days, (3) ability to work independently, create work plans, meet deadlines and collaborate, (4) experience and knowledge of coastal ecology, particularly bivalve ecology.

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: May 15, 2019 or until a suitable applicant is located.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter along with current resume, 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:

Dr. Megan La Peyre

LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources

124A Renewable Natural Resources Building

Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6202

Tel.: (225) 578-4180; Fax: (225) 578-4144;



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