Temporary Technician - Molecular Laboratory Technician and Survey Sample Coordinator (20 hours per week/6 month appointment)
Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, School of Integrative Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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.
The Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic of the Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology in the School of Integrative Plant Sciences at Cornell University is seeking a temporary laboratory technician for up to 20 hours of work per week. The employee will be team member of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic (PDDC) and will work closely with Clinic staff and project collaborators at the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM). The position's main responsibilities includes assisting the Clinic's staff with molecular analysis of survey samples, assisting with arrangements for the USDA Beltsville Advanced Diagnostics for Significant Pathogens Workshops for NPDN diagnosticians and supporting our routine diagnostic laboratory analysis of suspect plant disease submissions.
Survey samples processed by the employee will typically be collected by NYSDEC and NYSDAM Inspectors. Currently, the Clinic provides testing for the pathogens that cause oak wilt and sudden oak death, Bretziella fagacearum and Phytophthora ramorum. Duties include signing samples into our custom database system; recording sample details and results in a spreadsheet and posting process status to lab boards for all to monitor progress; making agarose media; making isolations from plant tissue; performing DNA extractions, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing analysis. The employee must keep the Laboratory Director informed of progress, complications and results. The Laboratory Director will interpret results and determine the diagnostic response and the employee will assist in recording and sending responses.
Coordinating the NPDN-USDA Beltsville Workshops requires posting surveys and announcements of workshop offerings, making arrangements with onsite hotels, collecting names of interested diagnosticians, posting workshop details on the NPDN website, making suggestions for improvements, monitoring funding balances and regularly reporting progress to the Director. Duties for supporting routine diagnostics include assisting other staff members with signing in samples, prepping samples for testing, performing various laboratory tests which may include performing ELISA assays, dispensing supplies to work stations as needed, and keeping work stations and the laboratory clean and orderly to include washing glassware and autoclaving waste.
Will also be responsible to assist staff members that need support, perform occasional clerical activities such as mailings, filing and meeting planning and support the activities of the Northeast Plant Diagnostic Network Regional Center. At times the individual may be asked to assist with department activities and special projects.
This is a part-time, 20 hours per week, 6 month temporary appointment with possibility of extension dependent on successful performance and continued funding.
High school diploma or equivalent.
Have previous laboratory work experience
Must recognize or learn common and scientific plant and plant pathogen names
Be very organized and able to handle multiple priorities, be comfortable using common software such as Microsoft Office and willing to learn the laboratory's custom database system.
Must be able to lift 40 lbs
Possess and demonstrate a strong work ethic, be self-motivated, pay close attention to detail and work well within a small-team environment.
Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State drivers license.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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