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 a program funded primarily by the New York State Dairy Promotion Board, dairy farmers dedicated to the production, manufacture and distribution of quality dairy products. The objectives of this program are to assist New York State dairy plants in improving the quality of dairy products and to monitor and make recommendations to improve the quality of raw milk produced in New York State.
Under general supervision, provide technical support to a research lab, performing a broad range of lab and research-related tasks pertaining to, classical microbiology, molecular microbiological and genomic analysis and basic dairy chemistry. Execute experiments using high throughput genomics technologies. Analyze 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 performing field (on-farm and in-plant) studies, and assist in educating undergraduates performing research in the MQIP.
This is a full-time, 39 hours per week, one-year term position with possibility of extension depending 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 or equivalent combination of education and 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).
Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted NYS driver's license.
Bachelor's degree or other formal training program of four years or equivalent.
More than one, but less than two years experience.
Experience with microbiology and/or DNA sequencing and using software to analyze DNA sequence data.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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