Cornell University, Section of Horticulture - Geneva

Position ID:Cornell-Section of Horticulture - Geneva-PD [#13496, WDR-00018352]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Geneva, New York 14456, United States [map]
Subject Area: Horticulture
Appl Deadline:2019/05/17 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/03/27, finished 2019/11/24, listed until 2019/06/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Horticulture Section

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

School of Integrative Plant Science – Cornell AgriTech 

Title: Postdoctoral Associate

Position Function

This position requires a person with strong background and interest in plant breeding/genetics, and a desire to work on both applied and molecular approaches.  This individual will join a national team working to apply the latest in molecular mapping technology to locate genes of greatest interest in public grapevine breeding programs.  Responsibilities will include aspects of phenotyping important traits in Cornell University grape breeding populations.  Individual will also have responsibility for coordinating and managing a complex, national project.

Anticipated Division of Time

(40%)  Phenotyping traits of viticultural importance, according to applicant’s skills and interests, and in accordance with goals of interest to project leader. Interact with mapping technology team to assure processing of data for the discovery of markers for genes controlling phenotyped traits, and to develop information on candidate loci.

(30%)  Organization and communication with project participants; Arrange meetings, facilitate inter-group communications.  Organize annual project meeting.

(20%)  Gathering information and assembling reports

(5%)    Interaction with project leaders and other project participants (Cornell U. and USDA-ARS, as well as research project members across the United States.)

(5%)    Other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • Ph.D. degree required, in Horticulture, Genetics, Plant Breeding, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology and/or related disciplines. Must possess and maintain a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, and ability to promote team work.
  • Well-versed in spreadsheet, word processing, and database software.
  • Plant breeding and genetics training.
  • Maturity and initiative are desirable, however, applicants with doctorate degrees (with or without postdoctoral experience) will be considered. Preference will be given to those already showing outstanding leadership and organizational skills.

Supervision Exercised

At present, there are no plans for supervision of technical staff and/or students.  However, it will be important to work together with other technical staff and students involved in the project.  There are possibilities to supervise temporary support personnel and/or summer student interns.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion, and names and contact information for three references to www.academicjobsonline/jobs/13496. Inquiries may be submitted to Dr. Bruce Reisch at

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
(315) 787-2239
Dr. Bruce Reisch
Horticulture Section
Cornell AgriTech
630 W. North Street
Geneva, New York 14456

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