The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University's second largest population of students, faculty and staff. 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. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.
As one of the premier food science programs in the nation, we apply the principles of science and engineering to ensure the nutritional value, safety and quality of foods in the United States and around the globe. Our program integrates the disciplines of chemistry, biology, nutrition, physiology, biotechnology and engineering to ensure that all people have access to healthy, affordable food.
The Mukai Lab uses zebrafish as a model system to understand molecular mechanisms of how toxic chemical compounds found in food and water can lead to adverse health outcomes by affecting reproductive, developmental, and metabolic systems. Further details of the lab can be found here: http://blogs.cornell.edu/mukailab/ The laboratory is located in the newly renovated Stocking Hall at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
The research technician will support the research activity by organizing the lab, purchasing, keeping necessary laboratory records, conforming to safety regulations, and performing laboratory techniques under the direction of the principal investigator. Daily activities include but not limited to record keeping and care of a fish colony, breeding, embryo-injection, screening, DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, HPLC and histological procedures such as IHC. The individual will also be responsible for general lab support, maintenance, and training of students with basic technical tasks as needed.
Having excellent organizational, communication, and multi-tasking skills, as well as strong ability to attend to details and manual dexterity are essential and required. Working hours can be negotiated based on the individual needs/requests and experimental plans of the lab. Must be flexible and have ability to work occasional weekends.
This is a full time, one-year term Research Technician position to support endocrine disruptors research under the direction of the principal investigator, with possible extension dependent on funding and performance.
Associate's degree, more than 2 years of college coursework or equivalent
More than 24-months of relevant work experience in a biological laboratory
Experience working with DNA/RNA
Experience with whole animal organism in an experimental setting
Must be willing to work with fish and chemicals
Visual concentration and manual dexterity are required
Detail oriented and able to strictly adhere to safety and specific lab procedures
Possess excellent organizational and communication skills
Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
Able to multitask and maintain consistent productivity
Highly motivated, excellent work ethic, good judgment and reliability in the work place
Understands the need to and strives to seeks ways to improve and increase work efficiency
Must possess basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel, etc.)
Must be able to move and lift up to 20 pounds
Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted NYS drivers license and be approved to drive for University business.
Hold BS or MS degree in molecular biology, neurobiology, reproductive biology, physiology, toxicology or related field
Have two or more years of hands-on experience in a molecular biology laboratory, specifically with experience in care of a fish colony, breeding, embryo-injection, screening, DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, HPLC and histological procedures such as IHC
Prior experience working with zebrafish, or equivalent fish models
Experience with imaging and bioinformatics
Individuals with interest in a toxicological and/or molecular biology research
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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