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Job No. 142686

  • Job Title:
  • Laboratory Technician (Department of Animal Science); Ithaca, New York
  • Employer:
  • Cornell University
  • Location:
  • Ithaca , NY
  • Posting Date:
  • 29-Jun-2020
  • Description:
  • The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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.

    The Department of Animal Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs on the biology and management of food, laboratory, and companion animal species. Current research includes work predominantly with dairy cattle; however, work with sheep and in vitro cell culture systems also exists. The laboratory team is a diverse group of researchers including Postdoctoral Associates, graduate students, and undergraduates.

    What You Will Do

    We are seeking a talented individual to support research in dairy cattle biology. Work under the direction of a Principal Investigator with the research mission to improve dairy cattle health, and growth and milk production efficiency. The animal research involves the care and treatment of live animals (dairy cows and calves, and sheep) for on-farm record collection, biological sampling, and data organization for analysis. Lab techniques commonly used include cell culture (e.g., neutrophils, adipocytes, myotubes, liver slices), colorimetric and ELISA assay, liquid chromatography, histology, PCR amplification, and gel electrophoresis, and immunoblotting. Specific duties include:

    Conducting and assisting in experiments with livestock, primary cells and cell lines, and tissues from large animals.
    Preparing media, buffers, and other reagents as necessary.
    Conducting wet-lab procedures appropriate for nutritional physiology and biochemistry.
    Assisting the Principal Investigator in the planning, design, and implementation of research experiments.
    Keeping detailed, accurate records, procedures and results of experimental activities.
    Providing summaries and assisting the Principal Investigator in preparing data for publication, presentations and grant applications.
    Maintaining current chemical safety, hazardous waste disposal, biohazard, and radioactive materials use and disposal, and animal handling training.
    Assisting in basic training of laboratory safety and procedures for new trainees.
    Providing general laboratory and equipment maintenance.
    Other opportunities within the lab include the potential to work collaboratively with other research groups focused on human biomedicine. These activities will be dependent upon the projects being conducted, laboratory needs, and the candidate’s interests and abilities.
    This position is full-time (39 hours/week) and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

    What We Need

    We are looking for an individual that enjoys research regarding the health of dairy cattle. Someone who can monitor safety compliance. Excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders. We need someone that has strong customer service skills with a focus on excellence. Additionally, we need someone who has:

    Associate’s degree in animal science or related field and 2+ years of research and/or lab management experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
    Excellent computer skills, including word processing, excel, and data entry.
    Ability to pay attention to detail and maintain high data quality standards.
    Excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work quickly and effectively, while prioritizing workload.
    Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    Ability to efficiently manage laboratory procedures and facilitate research protocols.
    Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact with research team and supervisor.
    Ability to work independently and take initiative.
    Knowledge of laboratory safety protocols and guidelines.
    Ability to solve problems and improve research protocols.
    Ability to stay up to date with new research techniques and evolving projects.
    Experience in collection of data and preparation of summaries and final reports.
    Ability to keep the equipment, materials, and lab organized.
    Ability to contribute to an inclusive, high-quality and respectful work environment.
    Exercise sound and ethical judgment.
    Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with students, faculty, and staff.
    Demonstrated ability to work with and care for large animals (i.e., livestock).
    Must be able to occasionally work irregular hours.
    Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
    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:

    Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, biology, nutritional science or related field
    Experience handling live animals, preferably dairy cattle.
    Experience and understanding of basic concepts of biochemical, molecular, and cellular biology.
    Experience with collecting and handling blood, tissue, and/or gastrointestinal samples.
    Experience performing basic wet-chemistry techniques in the lab.
    Experiencing organizing and presenting data.
    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, 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 25 through January 1.
    Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.
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