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.
Advancing a general understanding of biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nutrient elements in soil, providing important insight into regional and global element cycles such as the carbon or sulfur cycle is a primary goal of the research program. In the Soil Biogeochemistry & Soil Fertility Management Program within the Section of Soil and Crop Sciences, work in a broad range of ecosystems spanning scales from nano-scale observations in soil micro aggregates to global carbon cycles. We are engaged in advancing new tools for the investigation of soils such as synchrotron-based spectroscopy as well as in studying soil carbon dynamics and implications for land use.
Primary responsibilities include:
Provide graduate student support including assist with logistical questions, equipment set up and production.
Train students/fellows and supervise them in the proper use of laboratory centrifuges, freeze dryer, balances, filtration devices, ovens, acid baths etc, as well as research methods.
Maintain safe laboratory conditions for student research, including providing leadership in safe disposal policy of laboratory wastes and its execution.
Generate, manipulate, interpret data for scientific publication, and write publications.
Provide support for proposals, grant writing as needed.
Plan and conduct installation, monitoring, fertilizing, harvesting, sample acquisition, preparation and analyses of various greenhouse and field-level experiments.
Communicate scientific findings and results to stakeholders, the public (conferences) and internally to the research group as needed.
Procure samples from foreign countries and perform analysis and data interpretation.
Direct the financial record keeping, procurement, and budgeting grants, act as primary contact for overseas project activities.
Perform analytical procedures for characterization of soils and biochars, and develop new methods.
Update and maintain the program website.
Lead modules in teaching labs.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent; more than 2 years and less than 4 years or equivalent experience.
Familiarity with standard soil analyses and a good understanding of soil physics and chemistry.
Prior exposure in leading students and faculty fellows in their projects.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills in multi-cultural settings.
Must be able to multi-task and prioritize.
Proven ability to foster effective working relationships with students, faculty, and staff.
Confidence and ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
Strong attention to detail, proven computer literacy and willingness to learn new molecular and spectroscopic techniques.
Interest in developing new and advanced research protocols.
Financial record-keeping, budgeting for grants, support proposal writing, writing of publications, budgeting, and organization.
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
The ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy with a wide range of internal and external constituencies is a must.
Must have demonstrated the ability to handle sensitive/confidential material in a professional manner.
Bachelor's or Master's Degree in biological and environmental sciences.
Work experience of at least five years in a research laboratory with at least three years specific to the tasks outlined above.
This is a term appointment with an initial term of one year with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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