Research Associate

Research Associate


Department of Entomology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
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POSITION: Research Associate 
LOCATION: Comstock Hall
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850
A research associate position is available in the laboratory of Brian Lazzaro at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) to study opportunistic bacterial infection in the model insect Drosophila melanogaster. The appointed candidate will be responsible for designing and conducting experiments relating to bacterial infection in Drosophila melanogaster and possibly other insects, performing data analysis, and preparing results for publication in the primary scientific literature. It is expected that the major research projects will revolve around bacterial genetics and genomics related to infection of insects, including genome-scale informatic analysis, generation of novel bacterial mutants, as well as infection of appropriate Drosophila genotypes with various bacterial strains in order to test hypotheses about the infection dynamics and molecular interactions between host and pathogen. 
Opportunity exists for presentation of results at national and international research conferences. The appointee is expected to work under very general supervision from the PI, communicating effectively orally and in writing about experimental progress and ideas for alternative or additional experimental approaches. 
The appointee may be asked to contribute to general maintenance of the lab, with those responsibilities not exceeding 20% of the appointment. 
Opportunity will be provided for the appointee to mentor more junior researchers, including undergraduate students and graduate rotation students. 
Opportunity also exists for the appointee to contribute to grant writing within the lab group. 
Anticipated start date on January 2, 2024.
Experimental design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, preparation of results for scientific publication, and contribution to preparation of extramural grants (80%)  
The research associate will design, execute, and interpret all experiments related to the project under general supervision from the laboratory PI (Lazzaro), at times in collaboration with other members of the research group. The research associate will take the lead on writing scientific manuscripts arising from their work, in collaboration with the PI and other lab group members as appropriate. In addition, the research associate may contribute to the writing of grants. The research associate is expected to remain current in their reading of the relevant scientific literature and to work with collaborating scientists outside the group when necessary or appropriate. Opportunity exists for presentation of results at national and international research conferences.
General laboratory maintenance and participation (15%)
The research associate, like other members of the research group, will have limited responsibility for a defined set of tasks that ensure smooth operation of the research group. This may include ordering supplies, routine maintenance of facilities or equipment, general cleaning, and organization of the research space, and/or arrangement of safe disposal of waste and hazardous materials. Potential exists for supervision of undergraduate students or graduate rotation students. 
Other duties as assigned (5%)
Other responsibilities may occasionally and transiently arise, and the research associate is expected to be responsive to the needs of the research group and the PI. 
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a PhD in biology, microbiology, genetics, entomology, or a related discipline and greater than three years of relevant research experience. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential, as has strong data management and organization.
SUPERVISION:  Brian Lazzaro
Interested applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae, cover letter summarizing your background and qualifications, contact information for 3 references and a Statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion  via Academic Jobs Online at the following link:  The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who through their work will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the community.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.


Pay Range:

$45,700.00 - $91,000.00

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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