Summer Hourly Undergraduate Research Technician

Two undergraduate research technicians are sought during the period May 15 through August 15, 2018 in the laboratories of Drs. Kim Scribner and John Robinson in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. The research will involve collection and filtration of water samples in Michigan lakes and rivers and application of massively parallel sequencing and bioinformatic interrogation of environmental (e)DNA obtained from water filtrate.  


Specific duties will include field sample collection, and laboratory work including DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification, and sequence analysis of DNA from water filtrate. 

Additional duties involve the development of DNA sequence databases and use of bioinformatic 'pipelines' to identify aquatic species in water filtrate samples. Field work will be conducted with natural resource agency and lab personnel. 

Field experience working in aquatic settings and experience with molecular laboratory methods would be desirable. Experience with database management and data analyses would also be useful. Opportunities may exist for extended employment during the 2018-2019 academic year. 


Salary is competitive and will be determined based on applicant background and experience.


Individuals interested in these opportunities should contact Dr. Scribner ( or Dr. Robinson ( Review of applications will begin on March 26, 2018 and will continue until suitable candidates are identified.