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Research Associate

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Job Title
Research Associate

FLSA Status

Posted Salary Range
Commensurate With Experience

Employment Status
Full Time

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Job Summary

The primary responsibility of the Program Associate will be conducting research and outreach activities for improving portable diagnosis tools for onsite pest identification using a wide range of portable cutting-edge technologies (eg. Portable minion sequencer, mini- PCR, LAMP, RPA, and/or other contemporary procedures). The incumbent is expected to participate in ASU extension outreach activities and prepare materials for disseminating information to limited-resource farmers. Research activities will be conducted in the laboratory and ASU model farm and outreach activities will be performed in different southwestern counties in MS.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Essential Job Functions
  • Develop protocols and guidelines for the application of portable diagnosis tools for onsite pest identification.
  • Conduct laboratory and applied research in collaboration with Extension that addresses state and local needs.
  • Maintain the materials generated by the project.
  • Assist with the collection of data, evaluation, and reports.
  • Assist with grant writing, and budgeting, and provide input in the development of educational programs.
  • Prepare extension outreach materials like fact sheets, trifolds, brochures, etc for disseminating information to the limited resources farmers.
  • Mentor graduate/undergraduate students, lab technicians, and student workers.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Other Duties
  • Make presentations orally or on posters of applied research results at conferences or meetings.
  • Work with clientele across a wide range of socio-economic classes.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with extension educators that lead to substantial applied research that directly benefits producers across the region.
  • Other related duties, as assigned.
  • B. S. in Plant Science/ Molecular Biology/Plant Pathology, or a closely related field.
  • Priority will be given to MS degree holders with laboratory experience on molecular tools.
  • Hands-on experience in basic molecular techniques and fundamentals of plant pathology.
  • Must be willing to do farm visits and travel to state events as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to hold the interest of an audience.
Licensing and Certifications


Physical Requirements

Work in noisy (above 85 decibels) areas

Sedentary Work - Exerting 10 pounds

Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds
Not Required

Medium Work - Exerting 20-50 pounds
Not Required

Heavy Work - Exerting 50-100 pounds
Not Required

Very Heavy Work - Exerting in excess of 100 pounds
Not Required


Extended Work Hours

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number

Number of Vacancies


Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

EEO Statement

Alcorn State University

Equal Employment Opportunity and Notice of Non-Discrimination
Alcorn State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Alcorn State University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

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Excellent Benefits Package

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Letter of Recommendation (Professional)
  5. Letter of Recommendation (Personal)
  6. Letter of Recommendation (Professional or Personal)
Optional Documents


 Alcorn State University

A great educational choice, Alcorn State University in Mississippi is a place of purpose, history, and discovery, and the nation's oldest, land-grant HBCU

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