Potato Breeding and Genetics- Douches Lab

Hiring Organization: MSU - Potato Breeding and Genetics- Douches Lab
Employment type: Part-Time
Job Location: East Lansing, MI
Application Due Date: January 1, 2026

Potato Breeding and Genetics- Douches Lab

Seeking an Undergraduate Research Assistant

Position Overview: Responsible for the care and maintenance of Douches Potato Breeding and Genetics research plant material and maintenance of greenhouse areas.

• Daily irrigation of crops as needed.
• Filling pots and transplanting.
• Maintenance of plants, including pruning and training.
• Applying fertilizers to crops as instructed by technician.
• General greenhouse maintenance, including cleaning benches and trash removal.
• Monitoring crops for possible insects and pathogens.
• Assisting graduate students with research projects as needed. Including: pollinations, tissue culture/micropropagation, and data collection.


• Available 10-20 hours a week as part of a consistent work schedule.
• Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.
• Firm understanding of plant biology, cultivation, and propagation. Other skills, Abilities, or Preferences.
• Greenhouse experience preferred, but not required.
• Preference for students interested in graduate education and research, particularly in plant breeding, genetics, or horticulture.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the program or interests of the employee.

Interested applicants can contact William Behling at behling3@msu.edu or Dr. David Douches at douchesd@msu.edu. Please include a brief resume.

Interested applicants can contact William Behling at behling3@msu.edu or Dr. David Douches at douchesd@msu.edu. Please include a brief resume.  Apply now!