Two Student Research Positions Open in the Voytas Lab

Members of the Voytas lab on the St Paul Campus are currently looking for undergraduate students interested in working on projects involving cutting edge genetic engineering systems in crop plants. This position is a great opportunity for students who are thinking about a research career in biotech/life sciences.

Prerequisites: It is expected that students will have taken courses in general biology/chemistry as well as some form of coursework in one of molecular biology, cell biology, genetics  or equivalent.  While prior lab experience is a plus, it is by no means required. 

The lab is currently undertaking several projects involving developmental reprogramming in plants to enable plant genetic engineering. The end goal of current projects is to develop technologies that can enable both basic plant research as well as accelerate the generation of novel genetic traits in crop species. Students will help enable this research by helping to maintain plants, collect/screen plant tissues for genetic modifications and use molecular methods to generate DNA plasmids of interest.

Students who are accepted will gain skills in:

  • Molecular cloning (PCR, traditional and advanced methods of DNA plasmid cloning)
  • Plant rearing (Planting seedlings, regularly watering and maintaining plants)
  • Genetic screening (Plant sample preparation, DNA extraction, Sanger sequencing)
  • Methods of genetic modification (Targeted genetic modification using CRISPR Cas9)

This is NOT a technician job, you will be trained to be a scientist, with participation in journal clubs and lab meetings and are eligible to register for research credits. As students gain more experience and skill they will be given increasing independence. Research activities may lead to publications in scientific journals and the skills you will gain will be broadly applicable to both grad school as well as biotech industries. 

The lab is 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 the lab with your resume or CV ( to apply for an interview. 

September, 2019