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**Technician III (Band C/Non-Exempt)**
**Department of Food Science**
**College of Agriculture and Life Sciences**
**Ithaca, NY**

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose- driven science and **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.’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. In keeping with Cornell’s Land Grant Mission to create and apply knowledge with a public purpose, the Department of Food Science strives to apply the principles of science and engineering to ensure the nutritional value, safety and quality of foods in the United States and around the globe. Our programs integrate the disciplines of chemistry, biology, nutrition, physiology, biotechnology and engineering to ensure that all people have access to healthy, affordable food. Our faculty, staff and students are making a difference in the lives of people throughout the world.

As a team member in the Yeast and Wine Microbiology Lab, this role will provide technical support in a research microbiology laboratory studying topics ranging from the role of yeast metabolic pathways in controlling growth/stress responses to examining microbial roles in the fermentation/spoilage of beer/wine. Responsibilities include microbial cell culture, yeast genetics techniques, general molecular biology approaches (PCR, DNA/RNA extraction, DNA cloning, plasmid construction, protein extraction, Western blotting, etc.), and molecular characterization of microbial isolates using PCR-based methods. Further responsibilities include media preparation, ordering of supplies, database maintenance and data entry and analysis as required. This team member will also help with laboratory maintenance and management, organize laboratory workflow, and occasionally assist with training and oversight of undergraduate and graduate students. This job provides a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment and to acquire expertise in a wide range of techniques.

This is a full-time, one-year term appointment with possible extension dependent on performance and funding.

**Required Qualifications**:
Associates degree or other formal training program of two years or equivalent in microbiology, biology, genetics, cell biology or related field. Minimum of 1-2 years practical experience in microbiology, and/ or molecular biology, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Visual concentration and manual dexterity are required. Must be well-organized and detail-oriented. Must be willing and able to work with hazardous chemicals and biohazards. Ability to lift 20-50 pounds. Must be able to occasionally work irregular hours. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and e-mail. Experience in collection of data and preparation of summaries and final reports. Strong written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide variety of students, faculty, and staff. Ability to create an inclusive, high- quality and respectful work environment both in a team setting and independently to achieve departmental and university goals.

**Preferred Qualifications**:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in microbiology, biology, genetics, cell biology or related field . Specific experience in molecular biology, yeast biology, fermentation, and/or aseptic techniques preferred. Proficiency in the use and maintenance of a range of laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, thermocyclers, microscopes, etc. Knowledge of laboratory safety protocols and guidelines. Prior experience training and supervising undergraduate and graduate students.

- Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
- Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.

**University Job Title**:
Technician III
**Pay Rate Type**:
Contract College
**Contact Name**:
Michele Cowen
**Number of Openings**:

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