Cornell University, BEE/CALS

Position ID:Cornell-BEE/CALS-CSE [#12546, WDR-00016920]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Complex Systems Engineering
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: NEXUS Food, Water, Energy
Systems Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Biological Systems
Systems Modeling (more...)
Appl Deadline:2019/01/31help popup finished (2nd round interviews 2018/10/26, finished 2019/08/04, listed until 2019/04/26)
Position Description:    

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

Faculty Position Available in Complex Systems Engineering Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University 

Position: Assistant Professor, Tenure-track 9 month academic appointment  

The academic home for this position is the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Position Description and Responsibilities: 

The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) at Cornell University seeks candidates for a tenure-track position aimed at developing a nationally recognized research and teaching program on complex systems engineering at the nexus of food, water, and energy. 
This position has a balanced effort between research (50%) and teaching (50%) on a 9-month academic year basis. The successful candidate will provide engineering leadership to interdisciplinary collaborative teams exploring food, water and/or energy systems and their environmental and economic sustainability. We are interested in candidates who have demonstrated expertise in investigating complex biological systems and can work with colleagues in our department and across the university in building an understanding of the tradeoffs and opportunities that may be present at the nexus. 

Research: The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a nationally recognized research program in one or more areas of engineering of complex systems such as, but not limited to:
  • Developing quantitative, predictive and computational modeling of food-water-energy systems that increase our decision support capability for critical systems;
  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-scale (with emphasis on a larger scale) representations of food-water-energy systems with safety and/or security in mind
  • Using data, network and computing resources for autonomous reasoning and for synergizing robots and humans to improve efficiency, productivity, and sustainability;
  • Real-time, high-resolution forecasting of plant development, yield and pests, energy/water expenditure, and agricultural sustainability using a mixture of structural models, AI, spatial statistics and machine learning; 
  • Using data and mathematical models for analysis of the ecosystem services of interconnected food, water and/or energy systems in affecting human well-being;
  • Exploiting new data streams to advance biological system adaptation, resilience, stress mitigation and pest resistance. 
This is one of six positions generated as part of the digital agriculture initiative in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. This initiative offers exciting opportunities to link digital technologies agriculturally important disciplines. 

The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding to support a research program from sources such as NSF, USDA, DOD, DOE and other related federal sponsors, New York State agricultural research funding sources, and commodity boards. The successful candidate will also be expected to collaborate effectively in transdisciplinary projects with faculty in other departments, including Cornell Cooperative Extension, as appropriate. In addition, departmental, college, and university committee service will be expected. 

Teaching: Teaching responsibilities will include two courses that integrate biology with engineering; one focusing specifically on complex systems engineering for biological engineers at the undergraduate level. The second course will be negotiated with the candidate upon arriving at Cornell. Advising undergraduate students and mentoring postdocs and graduate students is also expected. This individual would contribute primarily to our biological engineering BS program but would also be open to participating in our environmental engineering BS program and CALS initiatives in Environmental Science and Sustainability. 

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline is required with demonstrated capability and success in developing research and teaching programs at the interface of engineering and biological sciences. A strong background in engineering and biology is required and an engineering degree is preferred. 

Applications and Starting Date: Anticipated starting date is July 2019 or as negotiated. Applications including a CV, statements of research and teaching interests, copies of 4 relevant publications, a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, reference letters and transcripts should be submitted online at:

Applications will be reviewed starting December 2018 and will be accepted until this position is filled. 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college. 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 to focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. 

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area. 

The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus in Ithaca, New York. 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. Cornell's global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City. 

The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities, and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders.

Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: 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. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. 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.

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Further Info:
Search Coordinator
106 Riley Robb Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853-5701

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