Student Worker – Corn Genetics and Breeding

Position Information

Learn about the wonders of corn, from its humble beginnings as a weed in Mexico to its rise as one of the most important crops in the world! We use genetics, genomics, and breeding methods to explore maize diversity for food and flavor.

From mid-May to mid-August, with possibility to continue in fall semester.

Job Duties

Planting corn, weeding, pollinating corn, measuring corn and collecting data, and harvesting corn.

Required Skills

Must be able to work outside for long durations of time in the sun. Environment includes dust, pollen, molds, and other potential allergens.

Must have a good attitude, good work ethic, and willingness to work as a team that includes scientists, technicians, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduates.

Majoring in Plant Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry, or directly related major OR be very passionate about plants.

Must have driver’s license and a car to drive to the research farm.

Preferred Qualifications

Flexibility to work weekends during July and August, but not absolutely required.

Other Comments

This may be the hottest, dirtiest, sweatiest, scratchiest job you’ll ever have. But we are all working in the corn field together.

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