The mission of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) is to improve the health of food and fiber producing animals, companion animals, sport and recreational animals, exotic animals, and wildlife. These activities protect and improve public health, promote environmental stewardship, and foster economic growth.
The Section of Endocrinology performs a broad range of endocrine tests using immunoassay technologies, including radioimmunoassay (RIA), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (EIA), and chemiluminescent immunoassay (CIA). The lab provides routine clinical diagnostic testing services for veterinarians and research testing services to support scientists in academia, government, and the life science industry all to improve the health of animals.
The Diagnostic Technologist thrives on task completion in a high throughput, outcome driven environment with clear deadlines, enjoys working on routine and detailed assignments, seeks opportunities to learn new skills, and identifies and troubleshoots moderately complex problems. They have a positive attitude, are very reliable, flexible in dealing with unpredictable workloads, and work well under pressure in a team-based environment.
The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
Perform routine clinical testing service assays, closely following established standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Prepare clinical specimens for testing by reviewing paperwork, confirming submission information, processing as needed (e.g. centrifugation, aliquoting samples, etc.) and creating assay worksheets.
Assist in the endocrinology research and contract testing service work and projects by confirming client and sample information, processing and aliquoting samples, performing mainly routine assays, entering and checking data.
Participate in laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QC) processes; stay updated on lab safety protocols, guidelines, and permit regulations; monitor and maintain required lab certifications.
Work with and maintain sophisticated equipment, performing QC and related tasks to ensure optimal operation and accurate performance.
Support operation by keeping work space safe and clean, disinfecting and decontaminating lab benches, washing glassware, preparing medical and radioactive waste for disposal, other lab maintenance duties, administrative work (e.g. data entry, filing of reports and forms, etc.) as needed as well as assigned special projects.
Must attend the university radiation safety course and work with low levels of radioactive materials. Limited use of acids and organic solvents might also be required.
-Employees of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center must adhere to the AHDC Quality Assurance system, confidentiality statement, standard operating procedures, and organizational policies.
-Employees are expected to meet all of the Cornell University Staff Skills for Success, which are essential for individual and organizational success.
-Employees working in the lab must receive the pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis vaccination series prior to or immediately after hire, which will be paid for by the department.
-Employees may be required to work outside of normal business hours, including occasional holidays, evenings, and weekends.
This is a three-year term position; reappointment will be contingent upon funding and performance.
Bachelor's degree in Biological Science, Animal Science, Clinical Laboratory Technology or other related science with one to two years laboratory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Working knowledge of standard commercial software (Microsoft Office), with the ability to learn advanced functions and new software quickly
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Strong attention to detail with the ability to perform laboratory procedures and record keeping with accuracy, precision and efficiency
Ability to anticipate, recognize and resolve technical issues and manage competing priorities and deadlines
Ability to handle sensitive, confidential information with tact and discretion
Capability to work well individually and within a team environment
Ability to work with sophisticated lab equipment and related software following standard operating procedures
Ability to use an assortment of manual and automated pipettes
Ability to sit for extended periods of time at laboratory benches
Ability to push, pull, lift, or carry up to 20 pounds
Research experience in a human/veterinary physiology or endocrinology laboratory
Knowledge and understanding of veterinary diagnostic endocrinology
Working knowledge of immunoassay theory and practical understanding in the use of assay validation criteria
Experience working within an organization with an established Quality Assurance Program
Experience working with radioactive materials
Experience using Laboratory Information Management Systems
** As a note Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
** Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
**Include a cover letter and resume to be considered for this posting
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