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Research position in the Voytas Lab

The Voytas Lab is looking for undergraduate students interested in working on projects involving cutting edge genome engineering and tissue-culture free gene editing in monocot plants, like corn, rice, switchgrass and etc.. This position is for students who are thinking about a research career in biotech/life sciences.

While prior lab experience is a plus, it is by no means required. Students who are accepted will gain skills in:

  • Molecular cloning
  • Plant rearing and transformation
  • RNA extraction and qPCR
  • Sequencing data analysis

There are several potential projects that are span gene editing with novel meristem induction, precision gene editing in monocots and engineering bioenergy plants to enhancing photosynthesis efficiencies. 

This is NOT a technician job, you will be trained to be a scientist, with participation in journal clubs and lab meetings and can register for research credits/UROPS based on your departmental restrictions. As students gain more experience and skill they will be given increasing independence. The skills you will gain will be broadly applicable to both grad school as well as biotech industries. 

They are looking for students who can commit 10-15 hours a week to lab work (hours can be flexible depending on mentor availability and independence).

If you are interested please contact Yang Liu: Liu01177@umn.edu with your CV to apply for an interview. 

Posted 
September, 2019