UG Research Opportunity In Department

Department of BBE (Professor Jiwei Zhang's Lab)

Kaufert Lab

Zhang’s Lab is a recruiting undergraduate technician assistant in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering. Students who are interested in working in the Zhang Lab are welcome to apply for fall and spring semester.

Dr. Zhang’s area of expertise is microbial plant biomass degradation. He earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology in the National Key Laboratory of Microbial Technology at Shandong University, China, focusing on cellulase regulation in model filamentous fungi. He then moved to the University
of Minnesota and worked with Dr. Jonathan Schilling as a postdoc, focusing on system biology in wood-decaying fungi. As an assistant professor, his new lab will focus on studying the molecular mechanisms of microbial plant biomass degradation, and leveraging the fundamental mechanisms to applications of renewable biomass resources and enhancement of environment quality. With this, Zhang lab is well prepared to train students in the area of molecular biology, fungal genetic engineering, system biology and sustainable biomass conversion.


This is a part-time position (10-15 hours per week). Undergraduate students who are studying bioproducts and biosystems engineering, biology, microbiology, biological and chemical engineering or related fields are welcome to apply! The candidate should have high enthusiasm and patient to work in the research lab and have good communication skills to work as part of a team. The hourly rate is $12.05.


Routine lab work, including lab purchasing, collecting and culturing microbial strains, and conducting basic experiments.

To Apply

Please submit a resume along with a brief statement about why you are interested in this positon to Dr. Jiwei Zhang at Applicants with diverse backgrounds (gender, religious, age, nationality and physical capability, etc.) are welcome!