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The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source in Ithaca, NY has an immediate opening for a
Research Support Specialist I to assist and support experimenters from around the world
in our X-ray research facility. This position involves designing, building, maintaining, and
troubleshooting complex scientific equipment, as well as interacting with experimenters from
many different backgrounds, supporting their research, ensuring proper safety protocols are
followed, and providing instructions and service to staff and visitors to the lab.

We seek candidates who have a team-based approach and mindset and enjoy working in a technical
laboratory. Through working with other support specialists, scientists, and supervisors, the RSSI
will be trained on procedures and develop the skill sets necessary to handle multiple tasks
efficiently and provide the best support possible to our researchers. This position involves some
routine tasks, but is mostly comprised of long-term projects, equipment maintenance and design,
and supporting researchers. Long-term projects may be in the following areas: mechanical design
and assembly, electronics, X-ray detectors, safety, facilities upgrades, vacuum, motion control,
PLC design and programming, integrating hardware and software. The person in this position will
work under general supervision; many aspects of the job involve working within a group, but must
be self-motivated and work efficiently individually as well. CHESS operates 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week, when researchers are visiting; some evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays are required.

A Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or technical field or equivalent work experience is required. An
additional 1-2 years of experience in a laboratory setting or technical support role is preferred. The
ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication and people skills and a work
history demonstrating strong motivation, reliability, troubleshooting skills, and good judgment.
Some physical work is required at times; candidates must be able to lift 50 pounds. Previous
experience with vacuum systems, data collection/analysis, electronics, motion control, safety
oversight, computer networking, Linux, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and/or hands-on
assembly work is highly desirable.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive
community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and
contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement.
With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the
medical college’s campuses in Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech
campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position. Please apply online at https://cornell.wd1. (Posting #WDR-00021577).
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