Teaching Support Specialist in Mycology and Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

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Teaching Support Specialist in Mycology and Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

We hope to fill this position very soon – please aim to apply the week of June 22 if interested. 

What You Will Do

This position participates in course and instructional material development primarily for the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section. Oversee the operations of the teaching laboratory, teaching prep space, teaching greenhouse facility, associated equipment and coordinate usage. Demonstrate, teach and assist students with laboratory exercises; evaluate student papers, lab reports and exams. Manage, maintain and submit grades for 500+ student course. Advise, counsel and assist students in course content and personal difficulties as they might arise. Oversee and maintain pathogen cultures in storage or on plant material. Responsible for growing collections for course activities including fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes and knowledge and preparation of complex growth media and growth and infection requirements. Participate in the development of course and academic materials including assisting with new course content and organization and develop complex laboratory experiments. Demonstrate the ability to write and develop educational activities and express thoughts clearly both orally and written.

This position is full time (100% effort) for 10 months (August through May) and 0% effort for 2 months (June 1- July 31).  Pay is equally distributed over a 12 month period.

What We Need

We are looking for someone with the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent, and 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience in Plant Pathology, Plant Biology, Horticulture, Microbiology or related subject.
  • Working knowledge of microscopy, phase and bright field light microscopes; camera equipment and routine lab equipment autoclaves; spectrophotometers; gel boxes.
  • Express thoughts clearly, both orally and in writing. Excellent communication skills are required.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide variety of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to create an inclusive, high-quality and respectful work environment in a team setting and work independently to achieve departmental and university goals.
  • Must be personable, flexible, possess excellent organizational and communication skills and take pride in their work.
  • The successful candidate must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
  • Must be able to adapt to changing priorities, situations and demands.
  • Possess the ability to multi-task while meeting priorities.
  • Show initiative to anticipate needs and take action.

See here for additional information and how to apply.