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 Casteel Lab focuses on studying the molecular mechanisms mediating pathogen-vector-interactions with host plants. We use a wide range of perspectives, approaches and systems to learn about molecular mechanisms underlying ecologically important relationships.
The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment or with social science research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the designated area(s) of specialization. Within this defined area and when appropriate, the Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs. Normally, Specialists do not have Principal Investigator (Pl) status but may obtain permission by exception and/or collaborate with a Pl in preparing research proposals for extramural funding. The Specialist is evaluated for merit and promotion using three basic criteria outlined below.
This is a one-year term appointment, with possibility of extension dependent on successful performance and continued funding.
Associate's degree, 2 years of college coursework or equivalent; more than 1 year but less than 2 year's experience in standard laboratory techniques such as the extraction and purification of nucleic acids and proteins, and enzymatic manipulations of nucleic acids.
Excellent analytical skills. *
This can be repetitive work and requires focus and commitment.
Must possess computer expertise in statistical and standard business software such as word processing and spreadsheets to manipulate and analyze data.
Ability to identify problem areas in experimental work.
Experience in maintaining and propagating plants and knowledge of standard greenhouse practices.
Must be personable, flexible, possess excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral), and must take pride in the work conducted.
Visual concentration and manual dexterity are required.
Willing to work under varying field conditions and with crop plants.
Must verbally communicate clearly with employees, faculty, unit managers, and other research personnel on a regular basis.
Keen awareness at all times that protocols and procedures adhere to safety requirements. *
Must be physically capable of performing substantial manual labor associated with this position.
Highly motivated and exhibits innovation, good judgment and reliability in the work place. *
Ability to create an inclusive, high-quality and respectful work environment both in a team setting and independently to achieve departmental and university goals.
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
Preferred training in specific laboratory biochemical techniques (PCR, gel electrophoresis, nucleic acid extractions), skills in utilizing standard culturing techniques for microorganisms, experience in working with pathogens of plants.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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