Field/Lab Assistants

Hiring Organization: The Field Crop Pathology Lab
Employment type: Seasonal
Job Location: East Lansing, MI
Application Deadline: March 31, 2019


Field Crops Pathology

The Field Crop Pathology lab is seeking applicants for at least three full-time research assistant positions, open April-August 2019 (with possible extension into fall semester) in the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Research assistants will be expected to work in the lab, outdoors, alone, and with team members. Majority of work will be in the field and will include setting up plots, planting, field maintenance, data collection, sample processing, and disease ratings. Field work will be within driving distance of campus and work vehicles will be provided. In the lab, research assistants may be responsible for making culture media, autoclaving, sterile transfer of pathogens, DNA extraction, and general lab maintenance.

Desired qualifications: 

Strong interest and desire to work in biological sciences or plant pathology. Attention to detail and the ability to work independently and as part of a team in a research environment. A valid drivers’ license is required, as well as the willingness to become a certified pesticide applicator (training provided). Applicant must be willing and able to work in the field under a variety of weather conditions. No previous field or lab experience is required. Students that are working toward or have recently received a degree in a biological science are preferred.


Email resume and a brief letter of interest to Adam Byrne ( For more information, please click here.