Student Researcher

Opportunity Type: 
Location of Opportunity: 
Off Campus
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ARS Laboratory for Aflatoxin Reduction in Crops

Opportunity Description: 

The Agricultural Research Service is the chief scientific research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. The ARS Laboratory for Aflatoxin Reduction in Crops run by Dr. Peter Cotty is associated with the School of Plant Sciences of the University of Arizona is seeking undergraduate research assistants to support current research projects. These undergraduate students will have a unique opportunity to learn DNA, microbiological, and chemical techniques, the use of laboratory instruments, and proper laboratory protocols while gaining experience in a laboratory actively engaged in research that has global impacts on food safety and human health. The positions are intended to be held by undergraduate students and are important portions of the laboratory’s research program. The students filling the positions will be required to be punctual, responsible, reliable, careful and honest. These positions will be administered through the School of Plant Sciences of the University of Arizona.

Applicants are required to be U.S. citizens, at least 16 years of age, enrolled in at least six credit hours at the University of Arizona during the Fall and Spring semesters. Enrollment is not required during winter and summer sessions, as long as the student demonstrates enrollment in both the current (Spring) and next (Fall) semesters. Students must be in good academic standing and working toward a degree related to any field in the sciences. It is also required that the students be able to work at least 15 hours per week while school is in session between 8 AM and 6 PM Monday through Friday. The students must also be available to work 35 hours per week when classes are not in session (during summer and other breaks). Work schedules will be flexible according to each student’s class schedule. The positions pay over $11.00 per hour.

To apply, please submit a resume, letter of interest, and copy of your unofficial transcript to David Edmunds or Katrina Black. These positions are available only for U.S. Citizens. Only applications with all of the required documents will be considered. For more information contact: David Edmunds, (520) 345-1566

Please note that the Laboratory for Aflatoxin Reduction in Crops is located off-campus at 416 W. Congress in Tucson, Arizona. The laboratory is on both streetcar and bus routes and parking on site is available.

Paid Position: 
Required Documents: 
Cover Letter
Unofficial Transcript