Research Associate - Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology - R00049930

Research Associate

(This is a two year grant-funded, non-tenure track position through 09/30/2021. Continuation will be dependent on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.

Work Location: Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.

Responsibilities: Conduct independent research projects on enhancing plant resistance to fungal diseases through better understanding at the molecular level of the host-pathogen interactions in maize with Aspergillus flavus, and in soybean with Cercospora cf. flagellaris and Phakopsora pachyrhizi. The responsibilities of this position include conducting independent research activities under the supervision of the PI, proving field and greenhouse support for maize and soybean projects, producing and purifying dsRNAs for greenhouse and field studies, helping to supervise and train graduate students and student workers to ensure a smooth operation of the laboratory, etc.

Qualification Requirements: M. S. or PhD degree in plant biology, plant pathology or other related field. Excellent skills in molecular biology techniques, such as DNA, RNA, and protein isolation, protein separation, molecular cloning, RT-PCR and other recombinant DNA techniques, are required as is willingness to learn new techniques. Experience in RNAi, small RNA isolation and detection, is a plus. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and a willingness and ability to interact and collaborate with other scientists are essential to the success of the research. A valid Louisiana State driver’s license is required at the time of appointment.

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For detailed description of this position and benefits, please visit us at The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options, such as retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances, Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan, university holidays, 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 of full-time and length of employment.

Application Deadline: October 25, 2020 or until suitable candidate is identified.

Date Available: December 15, 2020.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, transcripts, and contact information for at least three professional references. For more information contact:

Dr. Zhi-Yuan Chen

Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

302 Life Science Building

Baton Rouge, LA. 70803

Office: (225) 578-1464

Fax: (225) 578-1415


Web site: and

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

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