The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
For more than 125 years, our faculty members, staff and students have been working to advance the field of insect biology and apply that knowledge to solve problems and improve lives. As one of the top-ranked entomology programs in the country, our work spans the globe and impacts human lives on many levels, influencing a broad range of disciplines including human and veterinary medicine, farming, biodiversity and genomics.
The Department of Entomology's mission is threefold: To pursue studies to understand basic and applied aspects of insect biology; to provide a robust and modern curriculum as part of preeminent undergraduate and graduate programs; and to inform and educate
The Department is searching for a new team member to conduct supervised research in a laboratory studying pollinator health and ecotoxicology. Studies will focus on effects of pathogens, pesticides and diet on honey bees, bumble bees, and wild bees. Will be expected to perform routine research under the supervision of the laboratory PI. Laboratory and field techniques to be employed will include, but are not limited to: apiary management of the lab's honey bee colonies, collection and dissection of bees to quantify parasite loads, collection of bees and hive products to quantify pesticide exposure, extraction of pesticides from samples in the laboratory using QuEChRS, and other techniques and procedures as necessary. In some cases, in conjunction with other lab members, may be expected to troubleshoot existing procedures. Occasional travel with the laboratory vehicle for sampling and colony maintenance required.
This is a full-time (39 hours/week) 12-month term appointment with possibility of extension, dependent on available funding and successful performance.
Formal training beyond a HS Diploma of 1 year to 2 years, Associate's degree, 2 years of college coursework or equivalent in Biology related Life Science; more than 6 months and less than 1.5 years of experience. Must possess excellent organizational and communication skills. Should be motivated and an enthusiastic learner, capable of exercising some degree of independence in research within specified bounds. Personable, motivated and enthusiastic about working in a group environment. Ability to work with hazardous chemicals and biohazards while maintaining lab safety protocol and procedures at all times. Research is goal oriented, expected to be self-directed and occasionally autonomous towards achieving defined goals. Ability to lift 20-50 pounds. Must be punctual, reliable and able to occasionally work irregular hours. Working knowledge with basic computer programs such as MS Word, Excel, and e-mail. Experience in collection of data and comfortable with basic database programs. Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
Prior research experience with honey bees, apiary management, and ecotoxicology in the field and laboratory. Experience with basic chemical and molecular ecology preparatory techniques as well as manipulation and maintenance of insects preferred. Should have an intellectual interest in ecology and pollinator health. Knowledge of laboratory safety protocols and guidelines and prior experience ordering supplies and maintaining a clean and organized laboratory considered a plus. Bachelor's degree in biology, entomology or related field.
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Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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