Job Posting

Field & Seed Lab Research Assistant

Division of Plant Sciences

Position Information


The Field & Seed Lab Research Assistant will be responsible for taking field and seed lab notes including soybean flower color, pubescence color, maturity, plant erectness, plant height, plant stand counts, soil samples, seed weight, and other field notes associated with a soybean breeding program. Assistants will also assist with laboratory tasks such as tissue collection, DNA extraction and/or fatty acid extraction. Other duties may include, but are not limited to: working on 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 and winter breaks. 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 also be able to work well with others or independently. A positive attitude and good attention to detail are also required.

Preferred Qualifications

Farming and/or research experience is a plus, but not a requirement.

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.

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