Summer Research Assistant positions in the Berry Crops Entomology Lab at MSU

Duration: May 28th – August 30, 2019, with potential for earlier start and later end dates

Salary: Full time: 40 hours/week, $12.00/hour


The Isaacs Lab at MSU is seeking to fill summer positions to work on research projects related to the biology and management of insects in berry crops during the 2019 field season. The focus will be on activities in Michigan farms, with some time in the laboratory for sample processing, data entry, etc. Projects will include studies on insect pests, with daily tasks including travel to field sites in a university vehicle (travel time is paid), insect scouting/trapping, fruit damage assessments, data entry, insect rearing, and labeling and curating insect specimens. Overnight stays at MSU field research stations during sampling rounds are possible (accommodations at the field station are covered).

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, and we especially encourage applications from minority and underrepresented groups.

Required Qualifications

  • Interest in field research in entomology, agriculture, botany, conservation biology, or field ecology

  • Valid U.S. driver’s license, with a clean driving record

  • Ability to work outside for long periods of time in a variety of weather conditions

  • Attention to detail and protocols

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Experience with data entry and analysis in Excel and R

Desired Skills:

  • Field and/or lab experience

  • Experience with insect collection and identification

  • Lifting equipment up to 40 pounds

  • Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, including scientists, land owners, and growers


Send a resume/CV and a cover letter describing relevant research experience and primary interests. Include the names and email addresses of up to three references. Send as one PDF to Jackie Albert ( by May 10, 2019 with “Summer Research Technician” in the subject line.