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Wetzel Lab Research Positions

We are looking for undergraduate research assistants for multiple field, greenhouse, and laboratory research projects on the ecology of plant-insect interactions.

Job Description

The Wetzel Lab at Michigan State University is looking for undergraduate research assistants to join our summer field research program. We study the ecology of plants and insects. Assistants could work on one or both of our two main projects, depending on interest:

  • Project 1: How do summer heatwaves, associated with climate change, influence the ecology of crops, pest insects, predatory insects, and tritrophic interactions in a potato agroecosystem
  • Project 2: How does spring climate warming affect milkweed development throughout the season, and what is the impact on insect community dynamics?

Assistant duties will include growing plants and insects, counting and collecting insects, measuring plants, setting up experiments, observing insect behavior, and recording data. Please see wetzellab.com for more info. 

Job Details

These positions are hourly ($12/hr), with free housing provided at KBS. Start and end dates are flexible, but being able to work at least 10 full weeks between May and August. 

To Apply

Please email a CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and contact information for 1-2 references to Wetzel Lab manager Luke Zehr (zehrluke@msu.edu) by March 15, 2021. In your email, please write several short paragraphs explaining why you want this job. Feel free to email with questions. Preference will be given to candidates pursuing science careers.

Note About COVID-19

Kellogg Biological Station and the Wetzel Lab are committed to following all public health guidelines, university-specific, and other stringent health and safety procedures. Our research takes place outdoors and can be done with masks and social distance, so we expect to be able to execute these projects without major disruptions from the ongoing pandemic. However, our ability to offer this position is subject to change if greater restrictions are put in place.