The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) of Stony Brook University seeks applicants for the position of LABORATORY SUPPORT ASSISTANT. The Laboratory Support Associate will assist the PI and faculty staff in the Marine Animal Disease Lab (MADL). Selected candidate will conduct histopathology, microbiology, and various molecular assays to diagnose shellfish and finfish diseases, determine causes of mortalities, and determine distributions, prevalence, relative abundances, and effects of infectious agents and pathological conditions. They prepare reports and manuscripts describing results of analytical efforts. The position obtains and processes aquatic animal tissues for disease diagnostic assays, conducts and analyzes assays, and documents assay results for disease investigations conducted or serviced by the Marine Animal Disease Laboratory. The selected candidate will have outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. They will need to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving. The selected candidate will need to have both strategic and analytical thinking skills with an ability to solve problems and make effective decisions.
Plan and conduct diagnostic analyses, archive and analyze all data graphically and statistically, and report results of regular health monitoring of New York commercial shellfish and finfish species.
Investigate the etiology and pathology of, and resistance towards, infectious and non-infectious diseases of New York marine and estuarine shellfish and finfish species.
Write diagnostic reports and scientific publications.
Provide assistance to other lab personnel with asset inventory and procurement.
Educate and train colleagues and students to correctly interpret the results of both novel and established diagnostic methods, through demonstrations and consultation.
Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.
Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):
Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or related field. Two years of full-time experience in molecular or histological diagnosis. Experience with data analysis and writing of scientific reports.
Master’s degree or higher in Biological Sciences or related field. Specialization in pathology, microbiology and immunology. Expertise in quantitative PCR and other molecular detection techniques (e.g. situ hybridization). Demonstrated skills for histopathological analyses of metazoan samples.
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