Job ID: 169473

Research Associate Specialist

LSU Agricultural and A&M College

  • Oct. 13, 2021
  • Research Associate Specialist
  • East Baton Rouge
  • LSU Agricultural and A&M College
    Baton Rouge, LA
  • Nov. 15, 2021
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Agricultural - General
    Water Management/Policy

Research Associate Specialist

Job Description
(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position through November 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: 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, aquaculture and restoration. Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree (BS/BA) in biology, natural resources, oceanography, or related field and lab experience working with shellfish, fisheries, or aquaculture. The ideal candidate will be experienced in working in the field, driving and trailering boats, maintaining lab equipment and experiments, and collecting field data. The successful candidate will be expected to help maintain lab and field equipment and vehicles, sample, clean and maintain oyster populations at grow-out sites, and conduct field sampling. The position involves supporting and working with faculty, graduate students, as well as state, federal and non-governmental organization collaborators. Frequent travel to Grand Isle, LA and LUMCON are expected. Travel to field sites, including overnight stays, and 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 in the field, driving boats and collecting field and laboratory data; (2) ability to work extended days, including some weekends, outside during hot and cold days and carry heavy loads; (3) experience working in a laboratory, maintaining water quality in tanks, and running assays, and (4) experience working with spreadsheets, GIS, Google Earth Engine, and the ability to work independently, create work plans, and meet deadlines.

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: November 15, 2021 or until suitable candidate is located.

DATE AVAILABLE: December 1, 2021 but is negotiable

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. Megan La Peyre
124A Renewable Natural Resources Building
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6202
Tel.: (225) 578-4180
Fax: (225) 578-4144
Web site:

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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