Job Posting

Research Assistant

Plant Sciences

Position Information


The Research Assistant will be responsible for aiding in data collection and data processing of various Crop Physiology experiments, in field, greenhouse, and laboratory conditions. Research Assistants will have to opportunity to learn how to conduct various plant anatomical and physiological measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, including Portable Photosynthesis Systems, SPAD Chlorophyll Meters, Net Ecosystem Exchange Chambers, AccuPAR Ceptometers, In-Situ Root Scanners, and more. Others duties may include, but are not limited to: aiding in the planting and harvesting of corn and soybean fields, weeding and maintenance of field plots, tissue collection, and various laboratory task.

Required Skills

This positions requires that Applicants must be able to work outdoors for extended periods of time and be able to lift 30lbs. Work will be conducted at our Lab on campus, at the Ashland Greenhouses, and at our fields at Bradford Research Center; personal vehicles are required. Candidates should have good record keeping, organizational and troubleshooting skills, and be able to follow directions. Candidates should also be able to work well with others.

Preferred Qualifications

Ideal candidates should be hardworking and have in interest in learning about how crops respond to their environment. Experience with row-crop production and/or operation of farm equipment is preferred, but not required.

Faculty Mentor or Sponsor

Other Comments

If interested, send an email including the following: Name, Year in School, Major, Spring semester availability (if applicable), and resume, to Matthew Smith (

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