School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology - Geneva, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-PlantPath-POSTDOC [#11793, WDR-00016344]
Position Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Geneva, New York 14456, United States [map]
Subject Area: Plant Science
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2018/08/30)
Position Description:    

Cornell University – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbe Biology

New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, New York

Post-Doctoral Associate Position


We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with a strong interest in High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping (HTPP) to study genetic mechanisms of disease resistance and remote sensing for disease management in fruit trees. The candidate will have the opportunity to do excellent and cutting edge research in HTPP, remote sensing, and quantitative genetics and will have access to the world’s largest apple collection, apple orchards, and state-of-the-art computational and genome sequencing facilities. Please read the “Required Qualifications” carefully to apply for this position.

The main responsibilities of this position are to establish relationships between spectral changes in fruit trees in response to pathogen infection in order to 1) identify QTLs underlying disease resistance in mapping populations, 2) identify early disease symptoms to deploy appropriate management, 3) use remote-sensing methods to identify and quantify disease severity from visible symptoms, and 4) develop high-throughput methods to screen seedlings from breeding program. This position will require the design and execution of experiments in the greenhouse and field as well as publishing peer-reviewed journal articles, developing research proposals, and presenting at international conferences.

Specific Work Responsibilities: The specific focus of this position will be:

Development and Application of HTPP, and Remote-sensing Methods (70%): Development and application of HTPP, and remote sensing methods and pipelines to process data collected from mapping populations, orchards and seedlings from breeding program to dissect genetic basis of disease resistance, early disease symptoms to deploy appropriate management, to identify and quantify disease severity and to screen seedlings from breeding program.

Quantitative Genetics Analysis (10%): Design of experiments, inoculations, and assessment of disease; quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping.

Research Communication (15%): Train students, publish peer-reviewed journal articles, present at scientific meetings, seminars, workshops and develop both web-based and traditional tools for outreach and research extension.

Proposal Development (5%): Motivated and creative thinker to support development of research proposals for basic and applied phenomics and genetics.


Required Qualifications:  Must possess a PhD in plant genetics/breeding, plant pathology, remote-sensing, or a related field. Must have demonstrated experience with the collection and processing of high-throughput geospatial and image data, and quantitative genetics and good experience in field and greenhouse. Candidate must have skills in programing, remote-sensing, and statistical genetics. Candidate must have a record of publications with at least two first-author publications in highly respected peer-reviewed journals and be self-motivated for data analysis and writing research articles.


Preferred Qualifications: 

Candidate should be able to multi-task and have good time management and attention to detail in order to meet tight deadlines, and work independently to initiate communications and ambitious collaborative research. Creativity and proactiveness are assets, as well as enthusiasm to work and interact in an international scientific environment.  Excellent student supervision/mentoring skills are beneficial.

How to Apply:  A letter of motivation, C.V., and contact info for three references should be submitted directly on Academic Jobs Online at  Questions about the position can be addressed to Dr. Awais Khan at:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. ​

This is a one year term position.

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Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Awais Khan, Ph.D., Associate Professor,
Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section,
School of Integrative Plant Science,
Cornell AgriTech - New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
Cornell University
112 Barton Lab, 630 West North Street

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