The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source in Ithaca, NY has an immediate opening for a Research Support Specialist I to assist and support experimenters from around the world in our X-ray research facility. This position involves designing, building, maintaining, and troubleshooting complex scientific equipment, as well as interacting with experimenters from many different backgrounds, supporting their research, ensuring proper safety protocols are followed, and providing instructions and service to staff and visitors to the lab.
We seek candidates who have a team-based approach and mindset and enjoy working in a technical laboratory. Through working with other support specialists, scientists, and supervisors, the RSS I will be trained on procedures and develop the skill sets necessary to handle multiple tasks efficiently and provide the best support possible to our researchers. This position involves some routine tasks, but is mostly comprised of long-term projects, equipment maintenance and design, and supporting researchers. Long term projects may be in the following areas: mechanical design and assembly, electronics, x-ray detectors, safety, facilities upgrades, vacuum, motion control, PLC design and programming, integrating hardware and software. The person in this position will work under general supervision; many aspects of the job involve working within a group, but must be self-motivated and work efficiently individually as well. CHESS operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when researchers are visiting; some evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays are required.
A Bachelor's degree in a scientific or technical field or equivalent work experience is required. An additional 1-2 years of experience in a laboratory setting or technical support role is preferred. The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication and people skills and a work history demonstrating strong motivation, reliability, troubleshooting skills, and good judgment. Some physical work is required at times; candidates must be able to lift 50 pounds. Previous experience with vacuum systems, data collection/analysis, electronics, motion control, safety oversight, computer networking, Linux, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and/or hands-on assembly work is highly desirable.
Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.
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