Part- or Full-time Summer Position in Ecological Research at MSU


Part to full-time summer job on MSU’s main campus. The student will be
in charge of preparing plant tissue extracts for plant chemical analysis (grinding leaf
tissue, preparing extracts with solvent, potentially training to run extracts at the MSU
Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics Core). Depending on time required to
complete plant chemistry & employee availability, the student may have the
opportunity to join the lab group at nearby Kellogg Biological Station to aid in field
work and experiments with plants and insects. Potential field-based projects include
clonal propagation of plants & quantification of traits (leaf water content, trichome
densities, leaf toughness) and their effects on herbivorous insects.

The Research

We study interactions between insects and plants in agricultural settings. In
particular, this project studies how the process of domestication has altered plant traits, including plant chemistry, in Alfalfa - a common forage crop.

Start Date

Flexible, but ~ June 1, 2019


Between $11-14/hour, depending on qualifications & prior experience


Must be highly organized, and experienced & comfortable performing precise tasks (e.g. weighing and transferring small amounts of leaf tissue, adding precise amounts of solvent). Must be able to work independently with frequent e-communication (supervisor & lab will be away from campus for most of the summer). Housing in East Lansing not provided, but we are happy to help the student find accommodation.


Please send a statement of interest & contact information for two references to Dr. Moria Robinson ( Be sure to describe any previous experience with research. Candidates with experience in plant chemistry (tissue & extract prep) are especially encouraged to apply.