In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Cornell University is at the forefront of innovation in establishing and operating an on-campus COVID-19 testing laboratory, the Cornell COVID-19 testing Lab (CCTL) in collaboration with the Cayuga Health System. Located within the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Molecular-based testing platforms are used to conduct the screening of human samples to monitor the health and safety of the university community. Currently CCTL is conducting over 50,000 tests weekly using pooled samples.
As part of this effort, we are seeking to increase our diagnostic staff to support and expand testing to local community testing sites. We are seeking candidates who are motivated to join this extraordinary team of professionals driven by contributing to science and humanity.
This is a one-year term position. Selected candidates who are deemed as top performers will be considered for other technical opportunities within the college at the completion of the testing project.
The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
Understand the principles of molecular testing for COVID-19
Evaluation of specimen quality according to established criteria
Appropriately handling and storing all submitted specimens
Perform routine and complex technical procedures and functions including high throughput nucleic acid extraction and real time PCR.
Operate, monitor and troubleshoot instrumentation
Utilize electronic laboratory information system and testing software
Exercise appropriate safety measures at all times
Effectively monitor and respond to daily workload
Adhere to all quality control standards
Prepare, test and evaluate reagents and controls
Collaborate with all internal and external clients to provide excellent service
Top candidates will enjoy working on routine, detailed and high throughput tasks with an attention to quality, strong problem solving and excellent communication skills. Individual must possess a positive attitude and be extremely reliable, and flexible in dealing with unpredictable workloads, and work well under pressure in a team-based environment. In addition to these qualities we seek the following requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Laboratory Technology or a related science with up to 2 years of clinical laboratory testing experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience conducting polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in a diagnostic or research environment
Prior experience working or conducting research in a wet bench laboratory
The ability to adhere to universal precautions and use good sterile technique, while handling potentially infectious materials.
A track record of performing laboratory procedures and record keeping with accuracy, precision and efficiency.
The ability to handle sensitive, confidential information with tact and discretion.
Experience working within an organization with an established quality assurance system.
Knowledge of laboratory instrumentation and computer systems.
Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines; must have strong organizational skills.
Flexibility to work outside of normal business hours, including holidays, evenings, and weekends in response to testing needs.
** As a note Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
** Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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