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The Department of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine seeks a Technician III to support a cancer research laboratory focused on understanding how DNA damage responses influence tumorigenesis and sensitivity to therapeutics. Responsibilities will include general laboratory maintenance, maintaining mammalian cell lines and performing associated experiments, and maintaining a mouse colony. The position will also include other experimental and research support. This individual will help oversee the laboratory maintenance which includes: organization and upkeep of inventory; assisting in procurement of laboratory supplies and soliciting equipment quotes; preparing and autoclaving reagents for lab use; implementing and ensuring compliance with laboratory safety protocols; performing minor equipment maintenance as needed or arranging for repairs; general organization and planning, and development of recommendations for improvements as needed; washing and autoclaving plastics and glassware for general lab use; and providing technical training to co-workers and incoming lab members in laboratory policies and procedures. The Technician will perform experiments using techniques such as (but not limited to) cell culture, immunohistochemistry, qPCR, and flow cytometry. The Technician will also develop new experimental protocols when needed. Microscopic analysis will also be used. Proficiency at working with hazardous chemicals utilizing appropriate safety protocols is expected. Additional responsibilities include mouse colony management, tissue collection for DNA preparation and subsequent DNA isolation, genetic analysis of genomic DNA using polymerase chain reaction (PCR, RT PCR, qPCR), troubleshooting genotyping problems, laboratory waste removal according to EH&S procedures, and keeping a laboratory notebook. The Technician must be able to work independently after initial directions/instructions are given, as well as interact with, assist, and learn from members of collaborating laboratories.
Bachelor's degree or other formal training program in biological sciences of four years or equivalent with a minimum of 6 months relevant experience (may be formal employment or through coursework and undergraduate research experiences). Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment while paying close attention to details and meeting concurrent deadlines regularly. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and strong attention to detail as well as interpersonal skills and commitment to
experimental goals, while using sound judgment are essential. Must have competent computer skills (MS Office, Email, internet searches and data analysis programs). Will be required to take the necessary training
courses at Cornell in animal handling and care, radioactivity safety, shippinghazardous materials, chemical waste and other general laboratory safety courses.
Experience with mouse husbandry, mammalian cell culture, qPCR, and flow cytometry is highly desirable.Ability to foresee and anticipate needs.
**This position is a one-year full time position with potential to be renewed.
Weekend hours as needed to maintain mouse colony and support experiments.
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