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The Department of Entomology's mission is threefold: To pursue studies to understand basic and applied aspects of insect biology; to provide a robust and modern curriculum as part of preeminent undergraduate and graduate programs; and to inform and educate
This is a full-time (39 hrs/wk) 12-month term appointment with possibility of extension, dependent on funding and successful performance.
Dr. Brian Lazzaro in the CALS Department of Entomology lazzaro.entomology.cornell.edu seeks to fill a laboratory research and technical support position. The primary duties of the individual appointed to this position will be to conduct independent and generally supervised research on the genetic and non-genetic basis of Drosophila melanogaster resistance to bacterial infection and of bacterial capacity to infect D. melanogaster.
Additional responsibilities will include general lab maintenance, ordering of supplies, minor administrative responsibilities in support of the PI, and care of the lab's collection of D. melanogaster genetic stocks.
Some supervision of undergraduate researchers is possible. Research responsibilities will focus on antibacterial immune responses in Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly). The candidate will be expected to perform independent research under the general supervision of Dr. Lazzaro.
Laboratory techniques to be employed may include but are not limited to:
- manipulation and maintenance of bacterial cells in culture
- infection of live insects with bacteria to measure resistance phenotypes
- DNA and RNA extraction and manipulation
- PCR and gel electrophoresis, SNP genotyping
- DNA sequencing and analysis of DNA sequence data
- other molecular biology procedures, and other techniques and procedures as necessary.
The ideal candidate should be highly motivated and self-directed, willing and able to autonomously execute a given project with periodic consultation with Dr. Lazzaro. In some cases, the incumbent may be expected to invent new experimental procedures to reach a specific research goal, or to troubleshoot existing procedures. The opportunity exists for authorship on primary research articles and the hired candidate will be encouraged to participate actively in the preparation and writing of research manuscripts.
BS degree or other formal training program of four years or equivalent in Biology, Genetics, or related Life Sciences is required. Some practical experience in Drosophila genetics and/or microbiology is desired but not required. Must be personable and interactive, and must possess excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral). Visual concentration and manual dexterity are required. Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment to accomplish required tasks to achieve objectives. Awareness that protocols and procedures adhere to safety requirements. Ability to work independently as well as part of a research team. Ability to work with hazardous chemicals and biohazards. Maintain lab safety protocol and procedures at all times. Demonstrated ability to multitask and balance priorities when necessary. Must be able to carry out experiments to completion with moderate guidance. Must be punctual and self-motivated. Strong attention to detail. Applicants should be having working knowledge with basic computer programs such as MS Word, Excel. Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the laboratory and University.
The ideal candidate will have an intellectual interest in the genetics and evolution of host-microbe interactions.
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Visa sponsorship is unavailable for this position. This position does not provide relocation assistance.
University Job Title:Technician III
Pay Rate Type:Hourly
Contact Name:Tricia Reidy
Number of Openings:1
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