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The virus program at Cornell University's AgriTech campus, under the supervision of Dr. Marc Fuchs, works on viral diseases of vegetable and fruit crops with a major emphasis on the identification and characterization of emerging viruses, and the development of innovative management strategies.
Provide research support in plant virology. Plan, design, conduct, perform and analyze research projects in molecular virology in a variety of areas, as needed, under very general guidance from the supervisor. Conduct research experiments using tissue culture, greenhouse and field plant material as well as insect vector specimens. Procedures include, but are not limited to DNA analysis, RNA analysis, and protein analysis. Design lab procedures and troubleshoot relevant protocols. Collect, prepare, verify, select and analyze research data; input data into graphics and figures, prepare summarization of and recommend to the supervisor. Collect data and present research results at meetings. Participate in the general laboratory set-up, oversee basic laboratory operations, including managing some budgets, ordering supplies, ensuring proper maintenance and service for laboratory equipment, managing biological waste, as well as implementing necessary compliance with laboratory safety procedures. Develop and maintain computerized inventory records. Supervise postdocs, graduate students, summer scholars, visiting scientists, temporary assistants, and support staff in basic laboratory protocols, and troubleshooting relevant experimental protocols. Provide assistance in writing reports and publications. Assist with writing specific areas of grant proposals.
This is a one year term appointment with possible renewal dependent on performance and funding.
Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field with basic knowledge of molecular biology, with at least 2-3 years of relevant laboratory experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proven skills in laboratory techniques in biology, experience in experimental design and data analysis.
Proven skills in communications, organizational development, teamwork and motivation.
Must be able to work independently while supporting the efforts of an overall team.
Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, detailed record keeping, management and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work well with a variety of diverse personalities and people.
Committed to excellence and to nurturing a positive environment for learning and research productivity
Well organized and detail oriented
Able to multi-task
Must be personable, flexible and possess string communication skills
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment
Supervisory experience is required
A valid and unrestricted NYS driver's license is required
Must be able to travel to meetings and/or field sites throughout NY State
Must be able to lift 10 to 20 lbs.
Experience in plant virology or microbiology.
Experience with applicable basic and advanced technical computer programs/applications for research and publishing.
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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