The research internship will assist the sunflower genetics lab at the Northern Crops Science Laboratory in Fargo, ND which is located on NDSU campus. We work to make public release sunflower inbred lines with value added traits such as disease resistance, improved oil content, and high yield potential. In addition, there is numerous other side projects such as silphium domestication, perennial flax research, and various sunflower projects. The new hire will work 20 to 40 hours per week depending on their schedule and lab needs. The position is a minimum of 3 months but can continue on into the summer. Responsibilities include:
Fall, Winter, and Spring
- Aid Research Technicians with recording field notes, laboratory seed oil analysis, collecting sub samples while harvesting, and threshing of nursery material
- Training on equipment such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Gas Chromatography (GC), aspirator, seed counter, and thresher
- Assist with greenhouse, winter nursery, and field preparation by seed counting and organizing
- Participate in conducting greenhouse pollinations and crosses
- The new hire will also conduct a large tissue collection project this winter so experience collecting tissue samples is a plus.
- Work between 20 to 40 hours during the school year
- Aid Research Technicians with planting, data collection, and plot maintenance
- Help with plot maintenance by tilling, weeding, and cultivating
- Ability to learn various breeding methods to complete crosses and self-pollinations
- Travel to multiple field locations as part of data collection
- Potential for individual research project
- Work 40 hours a week with some overtime during summer
- Pursuing or completed a bachelor’s degree related to biology, genetics, agriculture, or other related fields
- Capable of working long days outdoors during summer
- Attention to detail and ability to follow procedures and verbal instruction
- Experience using Excel and other computer programs
- Has proven self-motivation and ability to work well with others
- Interest in learning research techniques and practical skills in agriculture
This position is open to US citizens only.
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