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Technician III - Band C
Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC) Epigenomics Facility
Cornell Institute of Biotechnology
The Cornell Biotechnology Resource Center's Epigenomics Core Facility (EGC)
provides a high-throughput end-to-end service that maps protein-DNA
interactions genome-wide, tracks experimental metadata, and implements
quality-controlled data processing and research-based analysis pipelines. We
provide epigenomic and bioinformatic research resources and services that
include sample preparation services and data generation for various diagnostic
epigenetic assays. We work together across the 'wet' and 'dry' labs to develop
novel analysis furthering biological understanding of gene regulation. Our
Core aims to provide an inclusive and professional community for research
technicians and scientists to work and learn in a supportive environment.
This position will be providing high level technical lab support by performing
a broad range of complex laboratory and research related tasks for the EGC
core facility. Conduct state-of-the-art research in molecular biology with
emphasis in eukaryotic gene regulation, transcription, epigenetics,
epigenomics, tumor diagnostics, and high-throughput computer-aided liquid
automation systems (robot). Conduct sample preparation for NGS sequencing
that requires wet bench skills such as the ability to perform assays, making
buffers, and mixing reagents. The Core also intends to utilize robotic systems
for sample prep and sequencing preparation in support of lab research, review
progress and evaluate results, therefore responsibilities would include robot
instrument programming, loading, operation, and proper maintenance. All core
members work to maintain open-source LIMS (Laboratory Information Management
System) information, monitoring established controls and feedback systems.
LIMS responsibilities also include final billing for facility services
This is a full-time (39 hours per week), one year term appointment with
the possibility of extension contingent on funding and available work.
The ideal start date is Jan 3rd, 2022, but applications will be accepted until
a suitable candidate has been selected. To be considered, you must submit BOTH
cover letter and resume. References will be required. We have found it most
efficient to save application materials as one PDF document before attaching.
No visa sponsorship or relocation assistance are provided for this position
Qualifications and Education Requirements :
Minimum position requirements include Associates degree in biology,
chemistry, or related area and 1-2 years' experience working in a
molecular biology laboratory or equivalent combination.
Ideal candidates will typically possess a moderate to high understanding
of biochemistry and molecular biology, be comfortable with basic molecular
biology procedures and experimentation (organism agnostic).
The candidate must have relevant coursework or relevant work experience,
preferably a Bachelor of Science degree in a related field with a
cumulative GPA of greater than 3.0, or an equivalent level of experience.
Attention to detail and multitasking abilities are critical, due to the
high-volume, high-throughput nature of the lab operation, and critical
importance of correct and timely data generation. Ability to work
independently as well as collaboratively with a facility team. Effective
written and verbal communication skills.
Candidate must be willing to learn new laboratory skills and improve
existing skills. Must be self-motivated and proactive in meeting facility
Additional required skills include ability to perform basic calculations
and competency with computers, especially with MS EXCEL and standardized
laboratory information management systems (LIMS).
Department Mission and Background Information
The Institute of Biotechnology is a dynamic hub for life sciences research at
Cornell University. The Institute (https:// www. biotech.cornell.edu) 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 houses the Biotechnology
Resource Center (BRC), which offers shared core facilities services to
catalyze and promote life sciences research, and is involved with many
intercampus initiatives and multi-institutional collaborations. In addition to
Epigenomics, the BRC includes core facility operations in Genomics,
Bioinformatics, Imaging, Flow Cytometry, Proteomics and Metabolomics, and
Biotechnology Development. The Institute also administers the Center for
Advanced Technology (CAT) in the Life Sciences to assist life science
researchers in the development of biotechnologies with commercial potential in
partnership with New York State 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. With its extensive
network of academic, federal, not‐for‐profit enterprises and commercial
partners, the BRC serves as a vital partner in life sciences research and
Institute of Biotechnology staff enjoy working in a collaborative and
innovative organization within Cornell University, an award-winning employer
recognized for supporting employee health, workplace diversity, work-life fit,
and environmental sustainability. Cornell University offers competitive
compensation and benefits. The Institute is located on the main Ithaca campus,
in the heart of the Finger Lakes of central New York State. Ithaca and the
surrounding area is noted for high quality of living surrounded by natural
beauty and a vibrant community.
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