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Research Support Specialist I
Department of Food Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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.
The Mukai Lab in the Department of Food Science, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University uses zebrafish as a model system to understand molecular mechanisms of how toxic chemical compounds found in food and water can lead to adverse health outcomes by affecting reproductive, developmental, and metabolic systems. The research activities of the Mukai lab take place both in the newly renovated Stocking Hall (Mukai Lab) and Corson/Mudd Hall (fish facility) at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
The Research Support Specialist will support the research activity by being responsible for 1) coordinating the care of a small zebrafish colony/facility including maintenance of precious transgenic lines, 2) overseeing the organization of labs and handle purchasing, 3) ensuring adherence to safety/animal regulations (including maintaining records and proper chemical disposal), 4) equipment maintenance, 5) performing and coordinating lab tasks involving routine laboratory techniques, 6) conducting/supervising research experiments and provide preliminary report, and 6) assist in preparing of research publications and grants. The individual will also be responsible for providing training of fish room tasks (feedings, tank washing, water quality monitoring, etc.) and other routine lab techniques to new incoming students/post-docs and manage the delegation of team-shared lab tasks.
Research techniques used in the Mukai lab include but are not limited to - DNA/RNA extraction, real-time PCR, molecular cloning, embryo-micro injection, screening and imaging using fluorescent stereomicroscope, confocal imaging, HPLC, behavioral assays, and histology.
This is a full-time, one-year-term Research Support Specialist position with possible extension dependent on available work, funding and performance. Individuals with an interest in toxicological and environmental research are particularly encouraged to apply.
Bachelor's degree in biological science
Two to four years of relevant hands-on work experience in a biological laboratory
Experience with whole animal organism in an experimental setting
Experience working with DNA/RNA
Must be willing to work with fish and chemicals
Visual concentration and manual dexterity are required
Detail oriented and able to strictly adhere to safety and specific lab procedures as well as provide input for improvement
Understands the need to and strives to seeks ways to improve and increase work efficiency
Possess excellent organizational, communication, and management skills
Personal maturity and dependability
Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
Able to multitask and maintain consistent productivity
Ability to train efficiently and delegate tasks
Highly motivated, excellent work ethic, good judgment and reliability in the work-place
Must possess basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel, etc.)
Must be able to move and lift up to 20 pounds
Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State Drivers License and be approved to travel for University business.
Hold MS degree in molecular biology, neurobiology, reproductive biology, physiology, toxicology or related field
Have more than 3 years of hands-on experience in a molecular biology laboratory
Have more than 2 years of taking care of animal colony (especially fish) in a research setting
Prior experience working with zebrafish, or equivalent fish models
Prior solid experience/knowledge in molecular or imaging techniques
Prior experience of assisting or writing a manuscript for a peer reviewed publication including generation of figures using software such as Illustrator.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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