Research Associate Specialist - East Baton Rouge Parish - R00066899

Work Location: Department of Entomology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA.

Responsibilities: This position will involve research related to identifying factors that affect insect vector populations and wildlife diseases. The individual filling this position will be responsible for managing all laboratory activities including inventory and procurement of supplies, supervise student workers, and maintain records and maintenance of vehicles. The RA will be responsible for coordinating trap studies to collect hematophagous insects, identify the specimens and coordinate molecular screening techniques for arthropod-borne pathogens. Management and analysis of insect collection and pathogen screening results also will be expected.

Qualification Requirements: B.S or M.S. in Biology or similar disciplines with strong background in PCR based techniques, and statistics, with laboratory experience and excellent communication and writing skills. Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to perform multiple detail-oriented tasks in a reliable fashion. The successful candidate should be highly motivated with excellent organization and time management skills and able to work independently as well as member of a team. Good analytical abilities and sound judgment to make decisions regarding the reliability of results. Ability to prepare written and/or verbal reports on status of research and the technical procedures used; providing statistical and graphic summaries of findings and possible conclusions to assist with publications.

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: July 13, 2022, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Date Available: Upon completion of selection process.

Application Procedure: Must apply online at Workday by attaching cover letter with resume, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. (Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials alone will not be accepted.) In lieu of attaching the letters of recommendation, they may be sent directly to the contact listed below. For more information contact:

Dr. Lane Foil, Professor
Department of Entomology
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
404 Life Sciences Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-1710
Office: (225) 578-1634
Fax: (225) 578-1643
Website: 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.

6/29/2022 4:08:50 PM
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