Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Plant Genetic Engineering

The Voytas lab is currently looking for a sophomore or junior undergraduate student interested in working on projects involving cutting edge genetic engineering systems in crop plants. This position requires 10-15 hours/week of lab work (hours can be flexible depending on mentor availability and independence) and 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 molecular biology or equivalent.  While prior lab experience is a plus, it is by no means required. who can commit 10-15 hours a week to lab work (hours can be flexible depending on mentor availability and independence). 

Students who are accepted will gain skills in:

  • Molecular cloning
  • Plant rearing and genetic screening
  • Methods of genetic modification

The lab is currently undertaking several projects involving developmental reprogramming 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 the generation of novel genetic traits in crop species. 

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. 

If you are interested please contact mmaher@umn.edu with your CV.

December, 2018