Research Associate--McArt Research Lab, Entomology Department

Research Associate--McArt Research Lab, Entomology Department

Dr. Scott McArt is seeking to fill a Research Associate position to conduct research projects on pollinator-pesticide interactions and manage an HPLC-MS facility which includes analysis, regular maintenance, billing, and interacting with users about methods and interpretation.



  • Perform chemical extraction and analysis of environmental samples (e.g. pollen, wax, bees), testing the role of pesticides on pollinator performance and health. A multi-residue HPLC-MS pesticide analysis method currently exists, which will initially be expanded and optimized. Additional possibilities exist for method development using GC-MS and HRMS depending on the skills of the applicant.
  • Manage a user-service HPLC-MS machine, open to the diverse and collaborative community of chemical ecologists at Cornell. The majority of this work will involve analysis of plant hormones using LC-MS and some method development for new chemicals that users wish to quantify.
  • Contribute substantially to research and scholarly activities including designing experiments and protocols, statistical analyses, and writing of manuscripts for publication in collaboration with the PI.
  • Collaborate on research projects with postdoctoral associates, graduate and undergraduate researchers in the lab, in an effort to generate publishable results with trainees and students as lead authors or co-authors.

This is a full-time (100% FTE) 12-month appointment, renewable depending on funding, available work, and performance.  


  • Supervise undergraduate students in basic analytical chemistry techniques and sample preparation. Approval of hours when appropriate to work-study;
  • Be responsible for supervision of analytical equipment (HPLC-MS, tissue homogenizer, N evaporator, etc.) and will create equitable schedules for the use and maintenance of this equipment by graduate students and (when applicable) undergraduate researchers.


  • Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, ecology/evolutionary biology, or other closely related, relevant field;
  • Demonstrated experience in analytical chemistry;
  • Prior experience with HPLC-MS, GC-MS, HRMS, NMR or related technologies;
  • Experience managing students in research settings.


  • Prior experience with HPLC-MS, GC-MS, HRMS, NMR or related technologies to identify and quantify pesticides and/or natural products from insects, plants, fungi, microbes or other environmental samples;
  • Extensive training in experimental design and statistical data analysis, with strong writing skills demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

SALARY:  commensurate with experience


Applications should be sent by email to Scott McArt ( Please include a CV and contact details for three referees. A covering letter should include an explanation of how your qualifications and experience make you a good candidate for this position. Informal inquiries are welcome. To ensure full consideration, all materials should be received by September 15, 2016; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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