Job Posting

Field Research Assistant

Division of Plant Sciences

Position Information


The Field Research Assistant (FRA) will join the Soybean Breeding field team in all aspects of the breeding program. Duties include field and seed lab notes including morphology notes, plant stand counts, soil samples, seed weight, seed cleaning, etc. FRA may also assist with laboratory tasks such as tissue collection, DNA extraction, and seed composition assays (HPLC, NIR, GC). Other FRA duties include, but are not limited to, joining planter and combine crews during the planting and harvest seasons, cross-pollination of soybean lines to produce hybrid lines, weeding and maintenance of field plots, and maintaining a clean work environment.

Required Skills

This position will report to Bay Farm (near Bradford Research & Extension Center - approximately 9 miles southeast of MU campus), so personal transportation is required. Applicants must be able to work outdoors between 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and/or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday). At least two shifts (8 total hours minimum) per week are required, and more hours may be available during summer. This position requires excellent observational, record keeping, organizational, and troubleshooting skills in addition to basic computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Word & Excel). The job candidate should possess a positive attitude and be able to work well with others.

Preferred Qualifications

Outdoor work experience is preferred.

Faculty Mentor or Sponsor

Other Comments

If interested send an email to Dennis Yungbluth ( with the following information: name, year in school, major, shifts available to work, an unofficial transcript, and any research and/or farming experience. Please include "Field Research Assistant" in the subject line. Internship and class credit is available for certain students.

We encourage students to include a resume or transcript when e-mailing a faculty mentor to apply for a posted position.