Department of Microbiology College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Ithaca, New York
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 Department of Microbiology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University has ten active research laboratories. It serves as the home Department for the Graduate Field of Microbiology (with 40+ affiliated faculty members) and provides a center of expertise for numerous aspects of microbial biology. The faculty and staff offer advanced courses for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Research in Dr. Joseph Peters' lab broadly involves deciphering mechanisms in genome stability and evolution in bacteria and also uses this information to develop genetic tools. A specific focus is determining the role of mobile genetic elements called transposon play in the process of evolution, understanding the basic mechanisms regulating transposition, and applying transposons as tools for genome modification.
As a Research Technician, your primary responsibility will be to manage and participate in ongoing projects adapting novel types of Tn7-like elements as tools for genome modification in all domains of life. Specific duties will include:
Assembling and testing genetic constructs in vivo and in vitro
Purifying proteins and carry out biochemical experiments
Assessing transposition using genetic assays and next generation sequencing to monitor the efficiency and targeting of gene insertion
Developing and validating new analytical methods
Evaluating and examining laboratory equipment and troubleshooting/handling simple repairs and problems
Maintaining lab equipment, and training new lab members in equipment use
Coordinating sample shipping and data sharing to and from collaborating labs
Assisting in preparation of manuscripts and grant proposals by providing written information to Dr. Peters or collaborators
Providing assistance with overall lab maintenance, including coordinating with other lab members to order supplies, update inventories, and maintain lab cleanliness
Providing instruction, training, and direction to Visiting Scientists, Postdoctoral Associates, and graduate and undergraduate students as directed by supervisors
This position is full-time (39 hours/week) and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
Bachelor's degree in molecular microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related fields and 2+ years of prior experience in research and development related to the aforementioned disciplines, or the equivalent combination of both education and experience.
Proficiency in basic computer programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.) and the use of online data-sharing tools (e.g. Dropbox, Google Docs).
Proficiency in contemporary methods of molecular cloning and gene assembly technologies.
Proficiency in standard microbiology techniques and molecular microbiology.
Experience in data collection and analysis, using basic statistical tools for analyzing data.
Experience preparing written summaries and final reports.
Knowledge of standard laboratory safety protocols and guidelines.
Ability to lift 20 pounds.
Must be able to occasionally work irregular hours.
Ability to keep equipment, materials, and lab organized.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to interact with technical personnel.
Ability to work independently and take initiative.
Must be personable, flexible, and take pride in their work.
Possess excellent organizational skills.
Ability to pay attention to detail.
Ability to develop effective working relationships with students, faculty, outside clientele and staff.
Ability to create an inclusive, high-quality and respectful work environment both in a team setting and independently to achieve departmental and university goals.
Previous hands-on experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, and DNA sequencing technologies and data handling.
Experience with protein isolation using chromatography and carrying out protein activity assays especially involving protein-DNA interactions.
Experience with next generation sequencing technologies and data processing.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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