Job Posting

Laboratory Research Assistant – Soybean Breeding

Division of Plant Sciences

Position Information


The Laboratory Research Assistant will perform molecular biology laboratory tasks such as tissue collection, DNA extraction and/or fatty acid extraction, NIR, and assisting with molecular marker work. Other duties may include, but are not limited to: assisting Soybean Breeding field crews with weeding, field data collection, planting and harvest of research plots.

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 indoors and outdoors between 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and/or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday) in all weather conditions. A minimum of 32 hours per week during the summer break, and at least 3 shifts (12 total hours minimum) per week during semester are required. This position requires excellent observational, record keeping, organizational, and troubleshooting skills. The job candidate should also be able to work well with others or independently with preference given to those possessing a positive attitude.

Preferred Qualifications

Molecular biology and chemistry laboratory experience highly preferred.

Faculty Mentor or Sponsor

Other Comments

If interested, send an email to Nicole Bachleda ( with the following information: name, year in school, major, shifts available to work, an unofficial transcript, and any laboratory and farming/natural resource experience. Please include "Laboratory 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.