The mission of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) is to improve the health of food and fiber producing animals, companion animals, sport and recreational animals, exotic animals, and wildlife. These activities protect and improve public health, promote environmental stewardship, and foster economic growth.
The Parasitology laboratory is a full-service parasite diagnostic laboratory capable of diagnosing infections in domestic and wild animals.
The Diagnostic Technologist Assistant thrives in an outcome-driven environment with clear deadlines, enjoys working on routine and detailed tasks, and is able to identify and troubleshoot problems using standard operating procedures. They are extremely reliable, flexible in dealing with unpredictable workloads, are able to communicate effectively, have exemplary time management skills, and work well under pressure in a collaborative, team-based environment.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Process specimens according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and perform a range of parasitological and immunological tests to aid in the diagnosis of parasitic infections in domestic and wild animals; techniques include centrifugation concentration flotation, serum and fecal ELISAs, Conventional and/or Real Time PCR and specialized staining techniques
Conduct procedures to diagnose presence/absence of parasites
Perform and maintain daily quality control/quality assurance procedures established by the laboratory for testing and equipment
Use Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to generate accessions, print labels, create worksheets, and enter test results
Perform general laboratory housekeeping duties, including decontamination, cleaning, washing dishes, updating data files and sample inventory, preparing reagents, and general maintenance of laboratory equipment, inventory and supplies
Prepare biological and chemical waste for proper disposal, specialized training will be provided as needed. Observe OSHA laboratory guidelines
Perform other duties as requested
Employees of the AHDC must adhere to the Quality Assurance system, confidentiality statement, standard operating procedures, and organizational policies.
Employees are expected to meet all of the Cornell University Staff Skills for Success, which are essential for individual and organizational success.
Employees working in the lab must receive the pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis vaccination series prior to or immediately after hire, which will be paid for by the department.
Employees may be required to work outside of normal business hours, including occasional holidays, evenings, and weekends.
This is a one-year term position; reappointment is contingent upon funding and performance.
Associate's degree in a science related field with at least one year of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Demonstrated proficiency using computers (performing internet searches, printing documents, using Word, Excel, Access, etc.), with the ability to learn new software quickly
Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time at laboratory benches or microscopes
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to identify and troubleshoot problems
Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines
Ability to handle sensitive, confidential information with tact and discretion
Strong attention to detail
Works well both individually and within a team environment
Ability to push, pull, lift, or carry up to 20 pounds
Experience working in a human or veterinary diagnostic laboratory or veterinary clinical setting
Previous work with infectious agents
Experience working with light microscopes
**Please attach resume and cover letter in one document.
**Relocation assistance is not available for this position.
**Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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