Technician III

Cornell NYC Tech

United States

December 24, 2021


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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 provided.

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 needs.
  • 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. 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 innovation.

    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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