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Job Title: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Term: Fall
Worksite: Corson Hall, 215 Tower Rd, Ithaca
Job Classification Level: Level I
Employer Type: Cornell Employer
Supervisor: Alison G. Power

Job Description
We are hiring an undergraduate research assistant to process plant samples during the fall semester. The samples are part of a community ecology study on the relationship between plant diversity and plant virus prevalence. The research assistant will receive all the necessary training – no prior scientific experience or knowledge is required. The work will mainly involve using scissors to clip dried stems of wheat and barley and can be completed while standing or sitting. The research assistant will also count seeds and weigh small amounts of plant material. Lab work will require the research assistant to wear a face mask at all times and carefully follow COVID safety protocols (disinfecting surfaces after use, hand-washing, regular surveillance testing, etc.). The research assistant will be trained by a graduate student, then will work independently, choosing their own work hours. They will have the choice between working in isolation or in a shared lab space. To apply, email Anna DiPaola at add87@cornell.edu with your resume, contact information, and two references. References do not have to be from people within academia or a school system.

Required Qualifications/ Skills/ Experience
All training will be provided. We are seeking a research assistant who is highly detail-oriented, organized, reliable, communicates well, and strictly adheres to COVID safety protocols.

Work Schedule
TBD. This is a part time position (20 hours or less per week). The research assistant will set their own work schedule and largely decide how many hours they work per week.

Weekly Hours: 4-20
Federal Work Study Required: No
Number of positions: 1

How to apply
Please send an email with your resume, contact information, and two references to add87@cornell.edu. References do not have to be from people within academia or a school system.

Paid: Yes
Wage: $12.50 USD per hour        

Employment start date: 6 September 2021
Employment end date: 10 December 2021

Career Field: Plant Sciences
Career Field: Agriculture Sciences
Career Field: All Majors – opportunities open to everyone