Position is located within the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section at Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York.
The focus of research within this team is applied plant pathology, with an emphasis on soilborne pathogens of vegetables (fungi and nematodes). The objective of the program is to contribute to improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of vegetable crops in New York by providing reliable and robust information to growers and industry for the development of durable disease management strategies. This is achieved by conducting research into enhancing knowledge of pathogen biology, ecology and epidemiology for the design of strategic and tactical disease management strategies. Complementary to this information is understanding factors responsible for disease epidemics and processes responsible for crop loss, such as depicting the spatiotemporal attributes of epidemics, characterizing spread from inoculum sources, and implications for risk prediction. The program has a strong focus on extension and applied research, predominantly with processing vegetable crops.
Perform research under supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI). The technical support will be primarily orientated to the laboratory program but may also include work in the field. In the laboratory this work may include maintenance of culture collections, conducting fungicide sensitivity assays, DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing, qPCR, genotyping, and phylogenetics analysis. The work may also include conducting inoculations of plant-pathogenic fungi to plants in growth chambers and assessment of disease severity. Assist in planning, design and implementation of laboratory research experiments. Conduct day-to-day laboratory management; organize laboratory workflow. Evaluate and examine laboratory equipment and troubleshoot/handle repairs and problems with equipment use. Keep detailed, accurate records, procedures and results of experiments and data in notebook as well as electronic format. Ensure that less experienced lab personnel adhere to laboratory safety protocols. Direct the work schedules of interns and visiting students. This is a full-time (39 hours/week) 12-month appointment with possible extension depending on successful performance and secured funding.
No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
Associate's degree in plant pathology/plant protection or the equivalent of 6+ months of relevant work experience in research related to plant pathology, both in the field and in a laboratory setting. 2 years of work experience in classic and molecular plant pathology or related discipline. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Demonstrated proficiency in the use, repair and maintenance of a range of field and laboratory equipment. Experience with field sampling. Experience with plant pathogen isolation, plant inoculation, DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, sequencing, and genotyping, and molecular biology data analyses. Must be flexible. Must demonstrate effective listening and communication skills. Must be well-organized and detail-oriented. Ability to develop effective working relationships. Visual concentration, attention to detail and manual dexterity are required. Knowledge of equipment used in a laboratory environment. Familiarity with molecular biology tools, Polymerase Chain Reaction, and standard microbiological laboratory procedures. Ability and experience to coordinate projects involving collection of data. Possess strong analytical skills. Ability to lead the work of others and carry out experiments to completion with moderate guidance. Must be able to work both indoors and in the field under pressure and under harsh conditions with a great deal of initiative. Must be able and willing to travel to field sites. Must possess valid NYS driver license and undergo successful driver background check. Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple projects. Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment to accomplish required tasks to achieve project objectives. Ability to make independent decisions as well as exercise professional judgment. Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University. Knowledge of safety training protocols to ensure a safe working environment is maintained. Experience with basic computer software programs including Word and Excel, preparation of summaries and final reports. Ability create an inclusive and respectful work environment, to work as a team and independently to achieve departmental and university goals.
Bachelor's degree. Familiarity with use of laboratory instrumentation and methodology such as sample preparation, DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing, genotyping and analysis.
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