Research Support Specialist I - Lab Manager Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology School of Integrative Plant Science Ithaca, NY 14853
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 Nelson Lab focuses on studying the pathology and genetics of maize diseases, from ear rots that leave carcinogenic toxins in the food of Kenyan smallholder farmers to the leaf blights that are currently reducing maize yields in the temperate US.
The Lab's work on foliar diseases is oriented toward understanding the genetic architecture of quantitative resistance. We are working to understand how the natural allelic diversity of maize influences host-pathogen interactions. We a're identifying the genes that reduce disease, and asking how alleles that disadvantage pathogens influence other traits in maize. In addition, our work on mycotoxins ranges from genetics (similar to the issues noted above) to very practical work in the context of African and Indian food systems. We are developing surveillance methods for local food systems and working on ways of sorting grain at local hammer mills to reduce toxin levels.
The Nelson Lab is currently searching for a Lab Manager. Responsibilities include the following:
Conduct experiments in coordination with the PI and others in the lab. This work will likely involve work in the lab, growth chamber, greenhouse, and/or field and require skills in molecular biology, plant pathology and field agronomy and experimental design/statistics.
Take primary responsibility for management of the lab's summer field nursery and will coordinate the winter nursery arrangements, in coordination with others in the lab.
Manage day-to-day operations of the lab in consultation with PI and others in lab. Develop systems to ensure safe and timely workflows.
Interact with graduate and undergraduate students regarding research and logistical concerns.
Manage budgets; order supplies, reagents and equipment; interact with sales representatives.
Manage seed stocks and other group research assets.
Contribute to the development and maintenance of lab database.
Collaborate with CALS HR to hire, train and provide day-to-day supervision to regular and temporary employees and students.
Train and orient other laboratory personnel, new employees and students with lab duties and safety issues as well as lab protocols. Ensure that all laboratory protocols and procedures adhere to safety requirements.
This is a one-year position with possible renewal contingent on funding and performance.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent; two to three years of experience in biological sciences or allied field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Background in molecular biology, plant pathology, and field agronomy as well as experimental design/statistics
Must have strong background in genetics and molecular biology methods and analyses.
Proficiency in PCR applications, basic computer applications and statistical methods.
Committed to excellence and to nurturing a positive environment for learning and research productivity.
Well organized and detail oriented.
Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently to accomplish required tasks to achieve departmental objectives.
Able to multi-task.
Must be personable, flexible and possess strong communication skills.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment.
Supervisory experience is required.
A valid and unrestricted NYS drivers' license is required.
Must be able to travel to meetings and/or field sites.
Five or more years of productive experience in laboratory research, through a Master's degree or employment, with an emphasis on one or more of the following: plant genetics or pathology
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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