The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. 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.
This full time appointment will provide technical support to the New York State Hemlock Initiative, a program in the Department of Natural Resources. We have developed environmental DNA (eDNA) assays for establishment monitoring for up to 3 species of biocontrol predators of the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in remote forest locations. Under the direction of the Research Associate, the Technician will perform all stages of bench work for testing and implementing these methods. This includes DNA extractions/sample preparation, standard and quantitative PCR, and possibly Sanger sequencing preparation. Preparation of field samples will also be required and may involve troubleshooting or innovation. Meticulous documentation of work performed, methods, and data organization is required. Technician will track inventory of consumables and notify supervisor when ordering is needed. Assist in the development of reports, papers and publications based on data collected. Provide support for undergraduate and graduate students if needed.
The position is currently funded for one year; extension to be determined based on performance and on continued funding. Workplace will be the Ithaca campus of Cornell.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
Associate's degree and 2+ years of employment experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience performing standard PCR and DNA extractions using clean laboratory technique.
Must be personable and flexible.
Possess excellent organizational skills.
Possess excellent communication skills (both written and oral).
Ability to work in different lab groups with collaborators as necessary.
Ability to represent the New York State Hemlock Initiative (NYSHI) and Cornell professionally at all times.
Experience and proficiency in Windows computing, including MS Word and Excel.
Adherence to safety requirements.
Must have and maintain a valid NYS driver's license .
Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, genetics, or a related field.
1+ year of work experience in a genetics laboratory.
Demonstrated ability to perform quantitative PCR and analyze results using QuantStudio software.
Familiarity with both SYR and TaqMan detection sytems in qPCR.
Experience using Geneious software or similar.
Experience and interest in working with insects.
Essential Physical Conditions: Typically lifts 10 to 25 lbs
Visual: Close concentration/manual dexterity
Hazards: Chemicals/safety precautions
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