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Actalent Research Assistant in Des Moines, Iowa


  • Research Assistant


  • Monday-Friday 7am-3:30pm


  • $16-17/hr


  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree within the Life Sciences OR 6 months of greenhouse or field experience preferred (degree is not required)


  • Performing day to day greenhouse/growth chamber activities including planting, pollinating, tissue sampling, pest/disease scouting, harvesting, threshing, discarding, chamber sanitation, general plant care, data collection, data entry, facility cleanliness and maintaining safety standards

  • Working in the new soybean growth chambers

  • Collecting tissue samples off of soybean plants for DNA analysis

  • Watering, potting soil, and caring for all plants in the growth chamber

  • Replanting samples after data review

  • Assisting in operating the soybean threshing machine

  • Plating samples to be tested by the Molecular Marker group

  • Cleaning of the facility and other basic duties as assigned

  • Plant maintenance including trimming, training, and node cleaning

  • Cross pollinating

  • Plant discard

  • Will be working with soybean, wheat, pollen and dust

    About Actalent:

Actalent connects passion with purpose. Our scalable talent solutions and services capabilities drive value and results and provide the expertise to help our customers achieve more. Every day, our experts around the globe are making an impact. We’re supporting critical initiatives in engineering and sciences that advance how companies serve the world. Actalent promotes consultant care and engagement through experiences that enable continuous development. Our people are the difference. Actalent is an operating company of Allegis Group, the global leader in talent solutions.

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.