Technician II | Plant Breeding & Genetics Section | School of Integrative Plant at Cornell University

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Type: Full Time
Location: Ithaca, New York

Job Description:

Who We Are
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

The Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics is dedicated to the genetic improvement of crop plants for the benefit of society through the development of novel breeding methodologies, the discover and deployment of economically important genes as genetic stocks, germplasm and varieties, and the training of a new governance of plant breeders. As plant breeders for Cornell University, our vision is to be world leaders in innovative plant breeding research, teaching and extension. Our mission is accomplished through diverse research, teaching and extension activities ranging from the molecular study of crop plant genomes to development of superior crop varieties. Our scientists collaborate with others to integrate the knowledge, information and expertise from a range of disciplines to produce new knowledge and unique germplasm.

What You Will Do
The main responsibilities of this position include the following:

* Provide technical support in research programs by performing a range of tasks related to trial evaluations and breeding in vegetables. Responsible for a broad range of research and lab management related tasks.
* Greenhouse and field responsibilities include: development and maintenance of breeding populations, performing cross-pollinations, organization and storage of seed, preparation of material for field evaluation, collection of data and samples.
* Recordkeeping/Reporting responsibilities include: maintain inventories and records; monitor lab safety and organization; provide quality assurance by verifying and validating data; prepare content for reports.

This is a full-time (40 hours/week) one-year appointment with possible extension depending upon available funding and performance.

What We Need
We are looking for someone who has experience with field sampling and vegetable breeding and trials for organic production systems. On farm research experience and the ability to establish good working relationships with area farmers and stakeholders is also required.

Required Qualifications:

* High School Diploma; up to 2 years of relevant work experience.
* Must have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
* Knowledge of working with seeds, controlled pollinations and the creation of planting plans informed by the genetics of the crop.
* Knowledge of safety training protocols to ensure a safe working environment is maintained.
* Basic computer knowledge including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and email is expected.
* Knowledge of seed
* Strong written and oral communication skills.
* Must be well-organized and detailed oriented.
* Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
* Acute concentration, attention to detail and eye-hand coordination are required.
* Ability to keep a comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate laboratory notebook.
* Possess strong analytical skills.
* Experience in collection of data and preparation of summaries and final reports.
* Maintain ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
* Must be able to work independently (as part of a research team) as well as in a team environment to accomplish required tasks to achieve project objectives.
* Ability to develop effective working relationships with faculty, staff and students. Must be able to work independently as part of a research team. Ability to create an inclusive and respectful work environment, to work as a team and independently to achieve departmental and university goals. Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.

If you possess these experiences and skills this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, to include:

Preferred Qualifications:

* Bachelor's degree and 4+ years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Experience with agricultural extension.
* Experience with seed warehouse management.

Rewards And Benefits
We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
- Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
- Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25th through January 1st.
- Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.
- We invite you to follow this link to get more information:

Working Conditions:

* Essential Physical Requirements: Typically lifts 20 to 50 lbs
* Visual: Acute concentration/eye-hand coordination
* Hazards: Chemicals/careful use

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.

University Job Title:Technician II
Pay Rate Type:Hourly
Company:Contract College
Contact Name:Kate Nicholson
Number of Openings:1

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