DEPARTMENT MISSION AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION The Institute of Biotechnology is a dynamic hub for life sciences research at Cornell University. The Institute's Biotechnology Resource Center offers cutting edge biotechnologies, expertise in applications, technology testing and development and consultation for life sciences researchers at Cornell University and outside institutions. The Institute also houses the Center for Life Science Enterprise to assist life science researchers develop biotechnologies with commercial potential in partnership with New York industries, and the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, a state-of-the-art business incubator for emerging biotechnology companies. Institute of Biotechnology staff enjoy working in a collaborative and innovative organization.
As a technician for the Biotechnology Resource Center's Genomics Facility, the incumbent will perform high-throughput sequencing and genotyping services. This facility supports and interacts with research programs at Cornell, Cornell affiliates and outside institutions. Responsibilities include all aspects of processing and tracking samples and the operation of several liquid handling robots and DNA analyzers. Duties also include the processing and tracking of samples for one or more of several high throughput genotyping technologies. Other responsibilities include the preparation of buffers and reagents, setting up PCR reactions, analyzing results, keeping track of inventory, providing billing information, general customer support, and performing general lab maintenance. This individual will work independently on multiple projects and acute attention to detail is required. As customer support is an important aspect of this position, good communication and interpersonal skills are required.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
* Formal training beyond a HS diploma of one to two years, two years of college coursework or an Associate's Degree in biochemistry, molecular biology or related field or equivalent.
* Good written and verbal communication skills
* Good computer skills.
* Must have attention to detail and ability to work within a team.
Familiarity and experience with molecular biology techniques, including DNA sequencing, PCR, genotyping, microarrays, etc.
**This is a one-year term appointment, with expected renewal contingent on funding.
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