The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell is a world-class department that conducts research and teaching in the area of general molecular biology and genetics. Dr. Hojoong Kwak's research aims to elucidate how the expression of mammalian genes are regulated. Dr. Kwak employs population analysis of transcriptional activities that determines individual diversity, and performs mechanistic studies of the cytoplasmic regulation of RNA at both population and single cell levels. There will also be COVID-19 related research activity, probing the SARS-CoV-2 RNA dependent RNA polymerase and screening for inhibitor drugs.
Responsibilities: Under general supervision provide technical support in a molecular biology laboratory. Perform RNA manipulations using extractions from mammalian/human cells or other tissue samples. Perform DNA quantification, gel electrophoresis, PCR, cloning, quantitative PCR. High throughput preparation of multiple RNA samples, single cell samples and Illumina sequencing. Responsible for day-to-day laboratory duties; organize laboratory workflow, receive and maintain database of supplies. Receive, send, and organize frozen study samples and cell stocks, maintain sample database. Provide overall maintenance of the laboratory; clean lab ware, stock media and order lab supplies, manage laboratory waste streams, and assist in keeping the lab orderly. Prepare standard media, buffers and reagents. Ability to maintain comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate laboratory notebooks. Update and maintain inventory records. Attend training and expansion of skills through participation in job-related courses, seminars and workshops.
THIS IS A ONE-YEAR, FULL-TIME APPOINTMENT WITH POSSIBLE EXTENSION DEPENDING ON FUNDING.
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High School Diploma or equivalent; up to 2 years' experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; more than 6 months and less than 1 year laboratory experience. Must be willing to work with animal and human tissue samples under appropriate protective conditions. Must be personable, flexible, proactive, and possess excellent organizational and communication skills and take pride in their work. Ability to develop effective working relationships with students, faculty and staff. Ability to maintain a comprehensive, up to date and accurate laboratory notebook. Visual concentration, attention to detail and manual dexterity are required. Must be willing to learn new laboratory skills. Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment to accomplish required tasks. Must be able to perform repetitive work (i.e., sample processing) with a high degree of concentration and attention to detail. Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University. Experience with basic computer programs including Word and Excel is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in molecular biology, genomics or related disciplines; experience with microscopic and/or microfluidic devices and basic computational data analysis.
Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, August 4th. To be considered, you must submit BOTH cover letter and resume. It is expected that this position will work 100% on campus, following all COVID-19 and university protocols.
No visa sponsorship or relocation assistance are provided for this position.
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