Undergraduate research position in the Voytas Lab

The Voytas lab is looking for sophomore or junior undergraduate students interested in working on projects involving cutting edge genetic engineering, virology and synthetic biology in crop plants. 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
  • Python coding and data analysis

There are several potential projects that are span modifying the pathways with which plants make chemicals, the developmental programs that control plant shape, or re-engineering plant viruses to rapidly generate transgenic plants. The end goal of all the projects is to develop technologies to combat hunger and malnutrition around the world. (A video describing some of the work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZJWp850fqo) An introductory panel discussion about plant synthetic biology: https://plantae.org/community/)

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 Arjun Khakhar: akhakhar@umn.edu with your CV to apply for an interview. 

September, 2019