Job Posting

Student Research Assistant

Division of Biological Sciences

Position Information


One Student Research Assistant (RA) is needed to work in a maize genetics lab starting Fall 2017 to assist in a combination of greenhouse and lab based research. RA will be involved in a project to decipher the role of the micronutrient boron in corn development. RA will be responsible for tissue collection, DNA extraction, running PCRs and gels, photographing plants and phenotyping plants in the greenhouse (germination rate, leaf number, plant height, branch number, spikelet and ear number etc). RA will also be involved in seed processing duties, that may include, shelling corn, counting seeds and organizing seed packets etc. Other general lab duties include but are not limited to washing dishes, autoclaving, making solutions and maintaining a clean work environment.

Required Skills

This position requires excellent observational, record keeping, organizational, and troubleshooting skills in addition to basic computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Word & Excel). Former lab, field or greenhouse experience is a plus, but not required. The job candidate should be able to work well with others or independently with preference given to those possessing a positive attitude. The candidate should also be motivated, reliable, hardworking and passionate about science.

Preferred Qualifications

Life Sciences major preferred

Faculty Mentor or Sponsor

Other Comments

Starting Fall 2017 (Long Term Commitment preferred)

If interested, send an email to Dr. Michaela Matthes ( with your CV/resume and an unofficial transcript. In the email, briefly describe any lab and or gardening/horticultural/field experience, why you are interested in the position and your potential time commitment. Include "Student Research Assistant Fall 2017" 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.