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Technician IV (Food safety and microbial spoilage research)
Department of Food Science College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Who We Are:
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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.
What you will do:
We are seeking a a technician to join our team in food safety and microbial spoilage research. The technician will support research at the intersection of food microbiology, microbial genomics, and molecular biology. Position will be located in the brand new state of the art food science building on the Cornell campus. This position provides a unique opportunity to work in a fast paced environment and to acquire expertise in a wide range of techniques
This is a one year term appointment with possible extension, dependent on available work, funding and successful performance
Responsibilities include bacterial and fungal culture (classical microbiology an aseptic technique), molecular characterization of bacterial isolates using PCR-based methods, and DNA sequencing technologies. Bacterial isolates may include foodborne and zoonotic pathogens.
Culture collection and database management, equipment maintenance, ordering of supplies, and data analysis as required.
This team member will also help with laboratory maintenance and management, organize laboratory workflow, and assist with training and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students.
Preparation of reports, resource materials, and effective communication with industry stakeholders.
What We Need:
Bachelor's degree and 2 to 4 years relevant experience or equivalent combination
Minimum of 12-months of practical experience in microbiology, and/or molecular biology.
Experience working with DNA/RNA.
Visual concentration and manual dexterity are required.
Must be well organized and detail oriented.
Must be willing and able to work with hazardous chemicals and biohazards.
Ability to lift 20 pounds.
Must be able to occasionally work irregular hours.
Working knowledge of Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint, and e-mail.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting.
Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide variety of students, faculty, staff, and outside stakeholders.
Ability to create an inclusive, high-quality and respectful work environment both in a team setting and independently to achieve departmental and university goals.
If you possess these experiences and skills this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, to include:
BS or MS degree or equivalent in microbiology, biology, food science, genetics, cell biology or related field. Specific experience in molecular bacteriology, mycology, or bioinformatics.
Proficiency in the use and maintenance of a range of laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, thermocyclers, enzyme assays, microscopes, etc.
Knowledge of laboratory safety protocols and guidelines.
Prior experience training and supervising undergraduate and graduate students.
Experience with Microsoft Access, SQL server, and html applications.
Rewards and Benefits
We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25th through January 1st.
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.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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