Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science - Section of Plant Biology

Position ID:Cornell-PlantBiology-POSTDOCFRANKLAB [#12711, WDR-00017049]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Plant Biology
Molecular Biology & Genetics
Molecular Biology
Appl Deadline:2018/12/30* finished (2018/11/09, finished 2019/05/07, listed until 2019/05/06)
Position Description:    

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

Postdoctoral Associate -  in the developmental genetics and genomics of graft biology
Section of Plant Biology, School of Integrative Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

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 focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

A postdoctoral position is available to study the genetics and genomics of plant grafting in Dr. Margaret Frank’s Lab at Cornell University. Plant grafting has been used for over two millennia to improve plant performance, enhance abiotic and biotic stress tolerance, and optimize plant architecture. The Frank lab investigates the mechanisms of local- and long-distance communication that underlie these agriculturally beneficial, grafting-induced traits. Please visit our laboratory website ( for more information.

Recent work has shown that thousands of mRNA transcripts move between grafted root and shoot systems, raising exciting new questions about graft-mobile signaling: What controls mRNA mobility? Do mobile mRNAs function as long-distance signaling molecules? And can we use the long-distance communication system to design and deliver artificially engineered RNAs? To investigate these questions, we are using high-resolution microscopy, genome engineering, whole-plant phenotyping, and cell-type specific high-throughput sequencing techniques.

Prior experience with plant grafting is not required. The postdoctoral associate will be responsible for designing independent, hypothesis-driven as well as exploratory “big data” projects that deepen our understanding of graft biology. The candidate is expected to contribute to a productive group setting and demonstrate the capacity to take on challenging questions, acquire new research skills, and follow through with proposed projects. A prior record, demonstrating the ability to coordinate collaborative research is highly desirable. The postdoctoral associate is expected to present their results through the preparation and publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts and by presenting at local and internationally-recognized conferences. 


PhD required.  The ideal candidate will have expertise in Plant Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Genomics, or a related field.  


Interested applicants should submit a research statement, CV, contact information for three references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via The research statement should clearly describe research interests, as well as skills that the candidate has to offer and skills that they would like to acquire during their tenure as a post-doctoral researcher. Competitive salary commensurate with experience and skills, as well as a generous benefits package will be offered. For full consideration, please apply by December 15, 2018. The start date is flexible, and current PhD students who are close to graduation are encouraged to apply, however Ph.D. must be received prior to start date. If you have questions or need additional information on the position please contact Dr. Margaret Frank at

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Further Info:
412 Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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