Research Associate - East Baton Rouge - R00063079

(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position through September 30, 2022. Continuation will be dependent on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)

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

Nature of Work: The Medicinal Plant Lab based at LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge is seeking a Research Associate to assist with lab work as part of a research program focused on developing natural cleaners to remove chemical residues in sprayer equipment. Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree (BS/BA) in biology, natural resources, horticulture, or related field and lab experience working with plant extracts and their biological effects in agricultural applications. The ideal candidate will be experienced in extracting plant materials, performing instrumental analysis (e.g., HPLC, UV-Vis), and testing the extracts using chemical and/or biological assays. Research experiences are particularly desired with natural compounds. The successful candidate will be expected to help maintain lab equipment, conduct experiments, compile data, draft experiment reports, and contribute to the writing of manuscripts for publications. The position involves supporting and working with faculty, supervising undergraduate students, as well as communicating with collaborators. Occasional weekend work may be required.

Qualification Requirements: Applicant must hold a BS/BA degree. Applicant must possess experience in some, or preferably all, of the following (1) experience working with plant materials including processing and extraction in the lab; (2) ability to prepare product samples according to instructions (e.g., dilution, storage, and usage amount), and ability to work independently, create work plans, and meet deadlines; (3) experience working in a laboratory with chemicals, natural compounds, volatile ingredients; and (4) experience working with spreadsheets, power-point presentations, poster creation, and project reports.

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, including 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: January 4, 2022 or until suitable candidate is located.

Date Available: January 4, 2022

Application Procedure: For consideration, please prepare the following materials: cover letter expressing interest, goals, and suitability for the position; curriculum vitae; names and contact information for at least three professional references; and unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Then apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants).

For more information contact: Dr. Zhijun Liu; 143 Wilson Lab Building; Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6202, Tel: (225) 578-4214, Fax: (225) 578-4227, E-mail:

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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.

12/22/2021 2:44:59 PM
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