Research Associate (Food Safety) - School of Nutrition and Food Sciences - R00052356

Research Associate

(Food Safety)

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

Work Location: School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.

Job Description: The School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the Louisiana State University AgCenter seeks one Research Associate to work in the food safety program of Dr. Achyut Adhikari. The selected applicant will work on produce food safety research and extension activities. Responsibilities:

• Work as a technical manager of Dr. Adhikari’ s food safety lab

• Analyze food and water samples submitted to the microbial food testing lab

• Involve in FSMA related training such as Produce Safety Alliance Growers Training and Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance Preventive Controls Training.

• Extensive instate travel for food safety training and outreach

• Assist in food safety extension and outreach programs

• Develop educational tools and materials related to food safety

• Develop effective working relationships with collaborators and networks in the field

Qualification Requirements: Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in food science, microbiology, epidemiology, plant science, crop and soil science or relevant field and experience in laboratory microbiology. Experience with produce food safety and microbiology is desirable. Effective human relations skills are required to work with a variety of clientele and professional groups. Ability to function with minimum supervision and to effectively communicate verbally and in written form with a variety of audiences is required.

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: January 31, 2021 or until a suitable applicant is located.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by submitting cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts and two letters of reference. 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. Achyut Adhikari,

261 Knapp Hall

LSU AgCenter

Baton Rouge, LA 70803



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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