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. 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). A minimum of 32 hours per week during the summer break, and at least 3 shifts (12 total hours minimum) per week during semester break are required. 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 must have a positive attitude and should also be able to work well with others or independently.

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/or farming 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.