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Research Aide III | Horticulture Section | School of Integrative Plant Science, CALS | Cornell Unive

Herc Upstate New York
Ithaca, New York, US
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Jan 15, 2022

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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. Effective immediately, all new Cornell hires, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by January 18, 2022, or before their start date if after January 18. Who We Are The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. 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 School of Integrative of Plant Science (SIPS) is composed of five sections: Soil & Crop Sciences, Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, and Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology. Combined there are 100+ faculty, 200+ graduate students in five fields, and 600+ other employees located in Ithaca, Geneva, and other satellite locations across the New York State. The school offers the multidisciplinary undergraduate major in Plant Science and is home to the Agricultural Sciences major. School faculty also contributes to the Biology, International Agriculture and Rural Development, and Viticulture and Enology majors. What You Will Do This position centers on laboratory, greenhouse, and field research technical support involving plant, soils, and their microbiome. It is a part-time position at 20 hours per week located in Ithaca, NY. There is no remote work option. Travel requirements include 2-3 trips to farms in New York State each year, which requires a valid U.S. driver's license active in the past three years. An additional component of the position is data analysis and bioinformatics that will be learned as part of the job. The nature of the research program focuses on microbial, molecular, and biogeochemical analysis. The position will need experience in DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and general lab skills like pipettting, using a centrifuge, and being comfortable working with liquid nitrogen, acids, bases, and organic solvents under lab safety settings. The lab analysis requires experience in microbiology techniques, like making agar plates, using multichannel pipettors, creating agarose gels, using sterile techniques for culturing microorganisms, and extracting DNA or RNA. The position entails sequence prep work to prepare extracted soil samples for microbiome analysis on the Illumina sequencing platform. Extracellular enzyme analysis, microbial biomass, and microbial respiration are additional methods that will be conducted in the lab. This is a part-time (20 hours per week), benefits-eligible position located in Ithaca, NY with a one-year term appointment with the possibility of extension to full-time dependent on performance and continued funding. What We Need We are looking for someone with the following qualifications: Associate's Degree or equivalent in a science field; at least 1 year of experience in soil microbiology or molecular biology in a research laboratory setting. Computer skills, understanding of R and other data and statistical analysis software and ability to update and maintain data and computer systems is desirable but not required. Demonstrate effective working relationships with a wide variety of fellow staff and growers, to create an inclusive, respectful work environment. Must be personable, flexible, possess excellent organizational skills (both written and oral), and take pride in their work. Visual concentration, ability to multi-task, attention to detail and manual dexterity are required. Must have the ability to lift 10 pounds or less. Ability to work in the field in all types of weather conditions. Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted NYS drivers license ( 3 years minimum). Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position. If you possess these experiences and skills this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, to include: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a science field. Be able to start work in Ithaca, NY in December 2021 or January 2022. Experience with chemical and microbiological analysis involving soils or plants. Knowledge of plant growth or soils or microbiology. Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position. Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position. Rewards and Benefits We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions. Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25th through January 1st. Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program. We invite you to follow this link to get more information: How to Apply You must submit both a resume/CV and cover letter. When applying through our system, please attach your application materials ( resume/CV and cover letter). You can upload documents either by "dragging and dropping" them into the dropbox or by using the "upload" icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website. If you are an internal employee, please log in to Workday . Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position. Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position. University Job Title: Research Aide III Job Family: Academic Support Level: C Pay Rate Type: Hourly Company: Contract College Contact Name: Kate Nicholson Number of Openings: 1 Job Titles and Pay Ranges: To learn more about Cornell's non-union staff job titles and pay ranges, see Career Navigator . The final rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria: Prior relevant work or industry experience. Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position. Unique applicable skills. Current Employees: If you currently work at Cornell University, please exit this website and log in to Workday using your Net ID and password. Select the Career icon on your Home dashboard to view jobs at Cornell. Online Submission Guidelines : Most positions at Cornell will require you to apply online and submit both a resume/CV and cover letter. You can upload documents either by "dragging and dropping" them into the dropbox or by using the "upload" icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website. Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at . For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here . This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. 2021-12-01-08:00
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