Technician II - USDA Organic Research & Extension Initiative
Department of Food Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 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.
The Milk Quality Improvement Program (MQIP) within the Department of Food Science is seeking a candidate to contribute to a recently funded USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative grant aimed at studying sporeforming bacteria in the organic dairy production and processing continuum through a comprehensive systems approach.
Under general supervision, provide technical support to a research lab, performing a broad range of lab and research-related tasks pertaining to field (e.g., dairy farm and dairy plant) sampling, classical microbiology, molecular microbiological and genomic analysis. Execute experiments pertaining to the detection, enumeration and identification of sporeforming bacteria in a range of environmental, raw and processed dairy products. Analyze microbiological and genetic data using straightforward statistical methods and computer software. Assist in preparing reports and keep detailed notebook records. Assist other staff and graduate researchers in related studies, and assist in educating undergraduates performing research in the MQIP.
One-year term position with possible extension dependent on successful performance and continued funding.
Formal training beyond a high school diploma of 1 to 2 years, Associate's degree, 2 years of college coursework or equivalent; more than 6 months and less than 1 year experience. Prior experience working in a laboratory required. Previous DNA extraction experience desirable. Must be able to work successfully in a team-oriented environment. Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills. Strong attention to detail required. Ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide variety of students, faculty and staff. Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Knowledge of and experience with basic computer programs including Word, Excel, and email. Ability to keep the equipment, materials, and lab organized. Must be able and willing to occasionally work irregular hours (some evenings and weekends) within the standard workweek. Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted NYS driver's license. Must be able to lift 50lb.
Bachelor's degree or other formal training program of four years or equivalent. More than one, but less than two years experience. Experience with dairy systems, microbiology and/or DNA sequencing preferred.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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