Section of Horticulture, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Section of Horticulture-PDAPECK [#11134, WDR-00014603]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Plant Biology
Food Science
Appl Deadline:2018/06/22 finished (posted 2018/04/30, finished 2018/12/23, listed until 2018/06/22)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Associate

College of Agriculture and Life Science

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section


Position Function:

I am recruiting an experienced horticulturalist, plant biologist, food scientist, and/or biochemist to study cider apple physiology using biochemical and genomic approaches. The position is based in the Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The individual will study polyphenol biosynthesis and modification during fruit development and ripening. Additional work will explore the sensory perception of apple polyphenols. Examples of related research projects are listed at the Peck Lab and Cornell Hard Cider websites: & This is an exciting opportunity to contribute research-based information to the emerging cider industry.


Anticipated Division of Time:

     40% Experimental design and execution

     20% Data collection and analysis

     35% Manuscript preparation and submission

     5% Professional development



A Ph.D. in Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Biochemistry, Food Science, or a closely related field is required. The applicant should have at least 5 years of experience, gained through their Ph.D. and/or a postdoc, in a range of analytical techniques. Specifically, 1) demonstrable experience with separation chemistry using HPLC/UPLC, GC, and mass spectrometry and 2) experience with molecular techniques and related bioinformatics, such as microsatellites, GBS, GWAS, and RNA-seq. Expertise in polyphenol biochemistry and prior experience with sensory studies is desirable. Research experience working with perennial fruit crops is strongly preferred. Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a strong publication record. This position also requires strong interpersonal skills to facilitate the interaction of a larger collaborative team of researchers at Cornell, the USDA-ARS, and at other institutions in the U.S. and abroad.


Supervision Exercised:

Some supervision of graduate and/or undergraduate students will likely be involved.



The position is available starting May 1, 2018 and will remain open until filled. This is a 12-month appointment with the opportunity to extend the term based upon performance and available funding.



Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae to  Further questions can be directed to Dr. Gregory Peck ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


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Further Info:
134 Plant Science Building
236 Tower Road
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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