Ithaca, NY, United States
Dec 03, 2020
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This position is based in the School of Integrative Plant Science - Horticulture Section (HORT) with collaboration between Animal Science (ANSC) and Biological and Environmental Engineering.
The Cornell Aquaculture program has been active for the last 25 years at the Cornell campus. The program has been recognized as one of the pioneers in developing cost-effective technologies to produce food fish. Primary efforts are concentrated in the Departments of Animal Science (ANSC) and Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE), but work closely with the Cornell Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) group led by Professor Neil Mattson, which includes a collaborative effort between ANSC, BEE and Horticulture's School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS). The CEA program focuses solely on plants, while this position is to support research in the areas of aquaculture and aquaponics - the integrated culture of fish and plants into a more sustainable production methodology.
What You Will Do
The incumbent in this position will report directly to Dr. Neil Mattson in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, SIPS. The primary focus will be to develop production methods that identify and utilize fish feed and nutrients to support targeted production crops, e.g., lettuce, spinach, and strawberries. An outreach effort will be implemented to extend the results of the research to commercial application. A variety of production scales from small family operations of a few kg of fish per year to 100 ton per year fish production systems with associated production mass of plants and fruits. Daily job activities will include feeding and care of fish, propagation and cultivation of hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables. The incumbent will oversee a team of undergraduate students as well as the remainder of a 3-year Hatch funded research project specifically targeting the development of diets for fish that support particular plant cultivars that utilize three primary types of growing systems: NFT, media beds, and deep troughs. The incumbent will build, maintain, and troubleshoot production systems, purchase and maintain needed supplies, and ensure that all experimental protocols and procedures adhere to safety requirements. The individual will maintain detailed records, conduct data analysis following experiments, and prepare internal summary reports. The person in this position also provides leadership to students for both daily routine activities and also to provide support to student conducted research.
This is a one year appointment with renewal thereafter depending upon performance and funding. The position is a part-time 20 hrs per week, 50% FTE, benefits-eligible position.
What We Need
We are looking for someone with the following qualifications:
High school Diploma and up to 1 year relevant experience or equivalent combination
Formal training in disciplines required for aquaculture and aquaponic system design, maintenance and operations.
One year or more of hands-on experience in daily aquaponic operations with strong understanding of fish health, plant science; aquaculture, hydroponic and aquaponic systems operation and project management.
Knowledge of and experience with basic computer programs including Word, Excel, Power Point.
Experience in experimental design and data analysis is desirable.
Strong mechanical aptitude
Effective written communication skills including preparation of internal written reports and to assist in writing research grants for extramural funding.
Ability to multitask and work both independently and in a team-oriented environment.
Must have and maintain a valid NYS driver's license.
Regular lifting of 20 to 50 pounds.
Attention to detail is key to being effective in this position.
Greenhouse experience with regard to growing vegetable crops is essential.
Availability for fish and plant care on weekends (shared with students and PI)
If you possess these experiences and skills this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, to include:
Prefer Bachelor's or MS degree in animal science, horticulture, plant science, agronomy, chemistry, engineering, or related field with a strong orientation towards water chemical analysis, biochemistry, or plant chemistry.
Proven experience in personnel leadership and project management.
Experience with fish, hydroponic and aquaponic production systems operation.
Familiarity with statistical analysis software such as SAS or JMP.
Experience in running a private business and managing several employees
Rewards and Benefits
We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition, as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25th through January 1st.
Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.
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