Technician III - Band C Institute of Biotechnology
The incumbent in this position will assist the PhD-level senior scientist of the Biotechnology Resource Center's (BRC) Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility in the development and implementation of sample preparation techniques for various small molecules identification and quantitative analyses. The BRC Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility is a university service facility that provides fee-for-service access to advanced technologies in macromolecule and small molecule separations, identification and quantitation through Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS). Customers of the facility include faculty, staff and students from Cornell University, Weill Cornell Medicine, and external non-profit and for-profit institutions. The position will be part of a high-energy Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility team with cutting-edge LC-MS technologies and requires the ability to participate in multi-disciplinary research in a collaborative setting.
The incumbent will be responsible for conducting small molecule/lipid sample preparation from complex biological sources. Specifically, the incumbent will be required to routinely perform sample preparation protocols including small molecule extractions, chemical derivatization, sample cleanup, etc. prior to MS analysis. Other responsibilities will include training of facility users on sample preparation techniques based on our existing laboratory SOPs for LC and LC-MS analysis. The incumbent will need to perform a variety of technical support functions such as cataloging and maintaining an up-to-date inventory of laboratory standard compounds, assisting in building our ongoing in-house spectra libraries, preparing routine solutions, buffers and reagents, as well as maintenance of several laboratory instruments needed for sample preparation. The incumbent will be working closely with the senior scientist and senior technical staff in developing and implementing new sample preparation protocols and drafting relevant new SOPs. The incumbent will assist the facility's users in completing online sample submission forms and coordination of sample drop off to the Metabolomic lab, as well as keeping a detailed laboratory notebook, maintaining an up-to-date inventory of laboratory supplies, general lab bench cleanup, and supporting lab health and safety compliance. To be successful in the role, strong oral and written communication skills are required.
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Associate Degree's or other formal training in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology or related discipline with 1-2 years relevant experience or equivalent combination.
Must possess a strong work ethic and self-motivation with a customer service-oriented mindset.
Additional skills required include an ability to work independently, attention to detail, being a team player, and effective communication skills (written and verbal).
Excellent computer skills and experience with programs such as Microsoft Office are essential.
Previous experience in liquid chromatography and/or gas chromatography is desirable.
Previous lab experience in handling of various chemical and biological samples and interest in the operation of Thermo's UltiMate3000 LC system is preferred.
This is a full-time (39 hours per week), two-year term appointment with the possibility of extension contingent upon continued funding, available work, and successful performance.
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No visa sponsorship or relocation assistance are provided for this position
About the Department:
The Cornell Institute of Biotechnology is a dynamic hub for life sciences research at Cornell University. The Institute (http://www.biotech.cornell.edu) offers cutting edge biotechnologies, expertise in applications, technology testing and development and consultation for life sciences researchers at Cornell University and outside institutions. The Institute houses the Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC), which offers shared core facilities services to catalyze and promote life sciences research, and is involved with many intercampus initiatives and multi-institutional collaborations. In addition to Proteomics and Metabolomics, the BRC includes core facility operations in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Imaging, Flow Cytometry, Epigenomics, and Biotechnology Development. The Institute also administers the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) in the Life Sciences to assist life science researchers in the development of biotechnologies with commercial potential in partnership with New York State industries, and the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, a state-of- the-art business incubator for emerging biotechnology companies. With its extensive network of academic, federal, not-for-profit enterprises and commercial partners, the BRC serves as a vital partner in life sciences research and innovation.
Cornell Institute of Biotechnology staff enjoy working in a collaborative and innovative organization within Cornell University, an award-winning employer recognized for supporting employee health, workplace diversity, work-life fit, and environmental sustainability. Cornell University offers competitive compensation and benefits. The Institute is located on the main Ithaca campus, in the heart of the Finger Lakes of central New York State. Ithaca and the surrounding area is noted for high quality of living surrounded by natural beauty and a vibrant community.
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