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Assistant/Associate Professor - Breeding for Sustainable Cropping Systems

Cornell University
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

WorkplaceIthaca, All regions, United States

center;">Breeding for Sustainable Cropping Systems
center;">Assistant/Associate Professor, tenure-track
center;">Academic year (9-month) appointment

center;">School of Integrative Plant Science, Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics
center;">College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
center;">Cornell University
center;">Ithaca, NY 14853

Start Date: July 2020 or as negotiated

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will lead a breeding and genetics program in sustainable cropping systems with a domestic or international focus and will be expected to develop an externally funded research program, release improved cultivars, and contribute to graduate and undergraduate training. A potential concentration on alfalfa and other high-quality forage crops critical for New York’s prominent dairy industry would leverage the legacy of Cornell’s world class forage breeding program and germplasm collections. Many of these crops have polyploid genetics, an area that merits further exploration in research and teaching. Teaching expectations include the responsibility to deliver an existing course, PLBRG 4030 Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants, and to create another course of the candidate’s choosing, in consultation with the chair. This position has a 60:40 research and teaching responsibility.

Abundant opportunities exist to collaborate with Cornell’s Initiative for Digital Agriculture ( ?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.digitalagriculture.cornell.edu%2F&module=jobs&id=46428" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.digitalagriculture.cornell.edu/ ) and partner with colleagues having expertise in genomics, robotics, high throughput phenotyping, genomic selection strategies, metagenomics, animal nutrition, and microbiome research.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. is required in plant breeding, plant genetics/genomics or plant molecular biology or related discipline. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with other researchers in interdisciplinary inquiry, attract extramural support and lead an innovative research/ breeding program. Postdoctoral and/or other relevant experience is desirable, with experience preferred in relevant teaching, student advising, and research. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

Salary and Benefits: Competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is available.

Applications: Candidates are requested to submit a letter of application, detailed resume, research and teaching statements, copies of university transcripts, copies of one or two publications, a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion: ?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcals.cornell.edu%2Fabout%2Fleadership%2Fofa%2Fhr%2Fstatement-contribution-diversity-equity-and-inclusion%2F&module=jobs&id=46428" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://cals.cornell.edu/about/leadership/ofa/hr/statement-contribution-diversity-equity-and-inclusion/ and names and contact information for three references via Academic Jobs Online at ?url=https%3A%2F%2Facademicjobsonline.org%2Fajo%2Fjobs%2F15375&module=jobs&id=46428" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15375 . Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values at Cornell, and we are committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community. The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who through their research, teaching or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the community.

Review of applications will commence February 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to search committee chair Mark E. Sorrells (mes12@cornell.edu) or Amy Collins (240 Emerson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-1901; acl10@cornell.edu

Opportunity: The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) includes internationally renowned faculty with abundant interactions and active teaching, research and extension programs and provides a unifying framework for the sections of Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil & Crop Sciences. The sections are associated with distinct disciplines and graduate fields and are increasingly connected by urgent challenges and revolutionary tools relevant to all plant scientists.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. 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 global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

SIPS and CALS at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities, and genders. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Cornell understands the needs of dual career couples, which it attempts to meet through a Dual Career program and membership in the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, which assists dual career searches. Visit ?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hercjobs.org%2F&module=jobs&id=46428" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.hercjobs.org/ to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area. Cornell and Ithaca are family-friendly communities: Cornell offers a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options. For more details, see: ?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhr.cornell.edu%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fdocuments%2Ffamily_resources_faculty.pdf&module=jobs&id=46428" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://hr.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/documents/family_resources_faculty.pdf .

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