Part-time Undergraduate Research Assistant in Cereal Abiotic Stress Biology

Hiring Organization: MSU Dept of Horticulture - VanBuren Lab
Employment type: Part-Time
Job Location: East Lansing, MI
Application Deadline: May 15, 2021


Undergraduate Research Assistant


Part-time during summer (10-35) hours per week to be filled during normal business hours Monday-Friday 8am-5pm), we can work around class schedules.

Job qualifications:

Current MSU student. Must have strong organizational skills, basic computer skills (Word, Excel, etc.), and the ability to effectively communicate and multitask. Must be meticulous, punctual, and reliable. A strong interest in learning new things related to plant biology and plant resilience.

Job description:

The successful candidate will be working with Graduate Research Assistants, Postdoctoral Researchers, Research Assistants, and other Undergraduate Laboratory Assistants performing plant research as part of a team at MSU investigating the role that orphan grain crops can play in plant resilience.

The activities performed will include but are not limited to: field work, greenhouse work, plant evaluation, plant growth and maintenance, seed collection, sample processing for physiology and systems biology, and data collection. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to learn about stress tolerance in several cereal species and their responses to drought and other abiotic stresses. This position can extend beyond the summer depending on funding and student interest. Student will receive laboratory training and EHS safety training.

For more information, please see the VanBuren Lab website

 To Apply:

If interested, please e-mail your application package to Robert VanBuren ( and McKena Lipham ( Review of applicants will begin on April 23th  and continue until the position is filled.

Application Package

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  4. List your current year (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior).
  5. If known, indicate your scientific interests and long-term career
  6. Why are you interested in this position?
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