Undergraduate Research Assistant Position in Ecological Research

Deadline: May 1, 2018


The Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Science Lab in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences is seeking one or two undergraduate students who are interested in ecosystem ecology, the carbon cycle, biogeochemistry, agricultural ecology, or the sustainability of bioenergy to join our team for summer 2018.


If selected, responsibilities will include supervised fieldwork, lab-based work, and potentially assisting with data analysis. As our summer fieldwork is weather dependent and our fieldwork sites are located across mid-Michigan, flexibility is a must and a driver’s license is preferred. Trips to the field will be weekly or bi-weekly, and lab work on campus will fill in the time between. Fieldwork trips may occasionally last multiple days (2-3) with lodging and transportation provided, while the majority of trips will last one day. Physical health is a must, as we will be lifting heavy objects and staying outside for hours at a time. Students will have the opportunity to learn new equipment and participate in carbon dynamic monitoring, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and agricultural research as they work alongside graduate students and postdocs.


Flexible schedule, willing to learn or has experience in biogeochemical/ecological monitoring techniques and equipment, able to participate in laborious fieldwork.


  • Pay rate commensurate with experience
  •  Starting date: May 16, 2018; sooner if applicable
  • Duration: 5/16/17–8/29/17 at 40 hours/week average, may have opportunities to continue into the 2018-2019 school year at <29 hours/week average (dependent on funding)


Please contact Connor Crank (crankcon@msu.edu) with your CV to apply. Questions are welcome.