Topic ID #34449 - posted 1/15/2015 2:05 AM

Classics/Dendrochronology - Research Aide III - Cornell University

Jennifer Palmer

Classics/Dendrochronology - Research Aide III - One Year Term
Institution:    Cornell University
Location:    Ithaca, NY
Admin - Laboratory and Research
Posted:    01/14/2015
Type:    Full Time
Job:    Research Aide
Primary Location:    Ithaca
Organization:    Arts & Sciences, College of
Schedule:    Full-time
Job Type:    No
Overtime Status:    Standard
Contact Name:    Non-exempt
Number of Openings:    Miriam Zubal
Minimum Hire Rate:    1
Level:    C
Sector:    Endowed
The Research Aide in the Dendrochronology Lab, under very general supervision, provides the crucial first steps in sample analysis which include the detailed preparation, initial measurement, and cross-checking of wood, wet wood, and charcoal samples collected by project members. The position also works on preparing and undertaking stable isotope analyses as required of wood samples using the facilities at COIL. Sample preparation includes the use of sanders, polishers, and, on wet wood, fine blades that enable accurate measurement of the ring boundaries via microscopic analysis as well as the use of computer-based dendromicrographic equipment combined with specialized dendrochronometric software "Tellervo" and "Corina" and their underlying database structures. The Research Aide assists with initial chronology building and preparing specific site reports; maintains the collection inventory database, interfacing with our informatics team in ongoing database development endeavors; cleans the prep room and measurement areas; ensures the prep room is properly supplied via weekly inventory; provides general guidance to dendrochronology students and student workers in the use of sanders, microscopes, dendrochronometric equipment, and software. Ability to work independently as well as having very detailed visual acuity and concentration are essential.
This is a full-time, one-year term position with the possibility of extension.
Formal training beyond HS of 1-2 years, 2 years of college coursework (including specific Dendrochronology training) or Associate's degree or equivalent; more than one, but less than two years' experience or equivalent combination is required. BA in Archaeology or in Classics or Near Eastern Studies or Anthropology or History of Art with substantive archaeology is preferred. Knowledge of practical dendrochronology (sampling and analysis) necessary as well as understanding the principles of tree-ring growth. Tree-ring measurement, series analysis, and the creation of tree-ring chronologies are the fundamental processes underlying dendrochronology. Proficiency with Tellervo/Corina software and specialized database essential. Experience of preparing for, and undertaking, stable isotope analyses of wood is essential. Very detailed visual acuity and concentration required, as is the ability to lift 20 lbs. Limited exposure to chemicals, although bleach is often used to discourage micro-floral growth on wet wood samples. Exposure to sawdust inevitable.

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