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The Mehta Research Group (http://mehta.human.cornell.edu) at Cornell University seeks a lab technician with previous experience in developing lateral flow assays for point-of-care testing.
The available position will focus on the development of lateral flow assays for nutrition, infection, and food-safety in human or food samples. The project builds off of our Nutriphone (https://www.nature.com/articles/srep28237) and Feverphone technology (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30896928/). The lab technician will be working in collaboration with a team of biomedical engineers, global health practitioners, and infectious disease experts.
This is a renewable 6-month appointment depending upon satisfactory job performance and availability of funding. There will be continuous management opportunities, intellectual engagement, and development of scientific communication skills. This position is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in gaining biomedical research experience for graduate or professional schools.
As a critical member of the lab, key responsibilities include:
Preparing buffers, reagents, and media.
Performing and optimizing biochemical methods related to immunoassay chemistry
Striping antibodies on nitrocellulose membranes with a manual lateral flow antibody dispenser.
Assembling lateral flow assay test strips
Handling and testing practices related to all food and biological sample types
Analyzing assay data.
Ensuring lab safety, ordering supplies and maintaining lab equipment
Coordinating lab activities
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Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: e.g., an end of year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.
Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, tuition aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance Program.
Flexible work options
The prospective applicant must be highly organized, personable, energetic, and motivated to work with others in a group setting. Seeking candidates with a Bachelor's degree in science or engineering with minimum 1-year experience and proficiency in developing lateral flow immunoassays for point-of-care testing or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required: Bachelor's degree in science or engineering with minimum 1-year experience and proficiency in developing lateral flow immunoassays for point-of-care testing or equivalent combination of education and experience.Self-motivated and able to work independently to perform routine tasks.Excellent communication skills (verbal and written). Detail-oriented and thorough in completing and communicating the results of work tasks.
Preferred: Qualified candidates will have a bachelor's degree or higher in a related area of science or engineering with a minimum 1-year working experience with immunoassay development. Previous experience working in a medical or scientific research laboratory setting. Background knowledge in Biology and/or Biochemistry. Experience in common computing software platforms (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
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