Field Research Assistant (Contract)

POSTED: April 21, 2023
POSITION TYPE: Seasonal/Summer
DURATION: 4-6 Weeks

We are seeking dedicated and enthusiastic high school or undergraduate students to
join our team as Field Research Assistants in West Lafayette, Indiana. This contract
position offers a unique opportunity for students to gain valuable hands-on experience
in biological data collection, particularly in the areas of phenotyping and RNA tissue
collection. This role is ideally suited for individuals with a strong interest in pursuing
careers in the life sciences, agronomy, or related fields.


  • Assist with field work, including the collection of plant phenotypes and tissue samples for RNA analysis
  • Record and maintain accurate data in accordance with established protocols
  • Work collaboratively with the research team to ensure timely completion of tasks and project milestones
  • Adhere to safety guidelines and procedures, including wearing appropriate protective equipment and clothing
  • Perform other related duties as required by the research team
  • Basic understanding or interest in plant biology or molecular biology
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy in data collection
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
Additional Qualifications:
  • Willingness to work outdoors for multiple hours at a time in direct sunlight
  • Physical stamina to perform field work, including bending, lifting, and walking for extended periods
  • Valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation
  • This contract position offers an excellent opportunity for students to develop their skills and knowledge in the field of biological data collection, while also contributing to important research efforts. If you are eager to learn and ready to make a meaningful impact, we encourage you to apply.
To apply, please email your resume and a brief cover letter detailing your interest in the position and relevant experience to Suzanne Wagner at We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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