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Cornell University
School of Integrative Plant Science
New York
Posted: 08/28/2015
Four Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in the School of Integrative Plant Science

Four Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in the School of Integrative Plant Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

The School of Integrative Plant Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University invites outstanding applicants for four 9-month tenure-track positions at the Assistant/Associate Level. The School was founded in June 2014 to address grand challenges in the plant sciences and provide a unifying framework for five discipline-based Sections: Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil & Crop Sciences.  

Cornell has been ranked #1 by U.S. News World Reports among Best Global Universities for Plant and Animal Science and features two major campuses with complementary facilities and missions for plant science – the main university campus in Ithaca and the Geneva campus at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. One of the four positions is on the Geneva campus. Both campuses are in culturally rich and diverse small cities in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.  The new faculty members will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary academic community that includes eminent plant scientists in the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research and the USDA/ARS Robert W. Holley Center (Ithaca campus) and the USDA/ARS Plant Genetics Resources Unit and Grape Genetics Research Unit (Geneva campus).  

The four positions are briefly described below (with campus location and expected Section affiliation), along with respective application links.  More information on the School, the positions, expected qualifications, and the application process are available at Review of applications will begin October 9, 2015, and continue until positions are filled. The anticipated start date for each position is August 2016. Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders. Women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Plant Metabolomics (Ithaca, Plant Biology)  The successful candidate will develop an internationally-recognized and well-funded research program in Plant Metabolomics that leverages technological innovation and high-resolution instrumentation to elucidate metabolic pathways and identify critical plant primary or secondary compounds. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: (1) identification of metabolic networks, evaluation of metabolic flux and regulatory control points, and integration of such information in a ‘systems’ context; (2) the phylogenetic diversity of plant primary and secondary compounds; (3) plant metabolites in an environmental and ecological context, e.g. in relation to biotic or abiotic stress; and (4) the potential for utilization of such compounds in biomedicinal or nutraceutical applications or for the improvement of crops.  The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate course and develop a graduate-level course in Plant Metabolomics. This position will be 60% research and 40% teaching. Apply at

Quantitative Genetics and Statistical Genomics (Ithaca, Plant Breeding & Genetics) The successful candidate is expected to conduct an innovative, externally funded, and collaborative molecular plant breeding program focusing on plant adaptation to climate change, agricultural ecosystem function, and/or global agriculture productivity through the use of quantitative methods and statistical modeling. The use and development of cutting-edge genomics, computational biology, and/or systems biology tools and the development of genetic stocks, germplasm, or varieties that provide solutions to challenges is expected. The successful candidate will teach two courses in quantitative methods related to plant breeding, and contribute to specialized teaching modules, seminars, and team-taught courses as well as guide student research and learning in plant breeding, genetics, biological statistics, and computational biology.  This position will be 60% research and 40% teaching. Apply at

Geospatial Land Processes (Ithaca, Soil & Crop Sciences) The successful candidate is expected to develop a research program involving laboratory- and field‐based investigations, and by using geospatial methods and advanced computational capabilities, integrate soil and agroecosystem properties with environmental covariates to analyze and create a more complete understanding of the complex interactions and processes at variable spatial scales. Processes of potential focus include soil and plant exchange of gases, water, and energy which are critical to plant productivity for food and nutrition security, carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas production and sustainable land management.  The successful candidate is expected to maintain an extramurally funded research program and develop collaborative research and teaching efforts with the Cornell geospatial science and technology community in several academic departments and colleges. The successful candidate will teach an advanced undergraduate course in geographic information science and technology (GIS&T) and an undergraduate/graduate course in spatial modeling and analysis. This position will be 50% research and 50% teaching. Apply at

Disease Mechanisms and Resistance of Rosaceous Fruit Trees (Geneva, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology) Research will include mechanisms of host resistance to important bacterial and fungal diseases that affect fruit crops in New York and may involve such areas as the mechanisms of infection, identification and characterization of sources of host resistance, introduction of resistance into horticulturally desirable genotypes by genome editing or marker-assisted breeding, and development and utilization of disease-resistant rootstocks. The successful candidate is expected to maintain an extramurally funded research program, contribute to extension activities addressing disease management strategies for implementation by local growers, and collaborate with apple scion and rootstock breeders, genomicists, and geneticists in the School of Integrative Plant Science and the USDA-ARS units at Cornell. This position will be 60% research and 40% extension. Apply at