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

Position ID:Cornell-PlantBiology-POSTDOCVANWIJK [#14132, 00020092]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Plant Biology
Appl Deadline:2019/09/30help popup finished (2019/07/29, finished 2020/02/25)
Position Description:    

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

Postdoctoral Associate in large scale plant proteomics data mining project (Peptide Atlas)
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.

The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) is the largest academic unit in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, providing a unifying framework for five sections with interrelated activities: Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil & Crop Sciences. The sections are associated with distinct disciplines and graduate fields, but are increasingly connected by urgent local and global challenges and the revolutionary scientific tools now available.

Taking advantage of the Human PeptideAtlas proteome infrastructure at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle, this three year project will generate the first PeptideAtlases for Arabidopsis and other plant species, based on hundreds of existing MS studies from laboratories around the world, and reanalyzed through a uniform processing pipeline. These PeptideAtlases and their metadata will be used to address biological questions and hypotheses in plant biology.

The Postdoc will be within the van Wijk lab and part of team involving other scientists at Cornell and at the ISB. The Postdoc will be responsible for curation of metadata and extracting biologically relevant information from the peptide atlases.

Qualifications: The applicant must have a PhD degree and a strong background in large scale proteomics and mass spectrometry, as is evidenced by several publications in International Journals. Training in Plant Biology is highly beneficial. 

The position is initially a one year, full-time appointment, renewable contingent upon performance, funding and available work. Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is provided.

Application Instructions: Submit a letter summarizing your background and qualifications, a statement of research accomplishments and interests (3 pages maximum), a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references via For information, send email inquiries to  Klaas van Wijk, Professor and Chair, Section of Plant Biology, School of Integrative Plant Sciences (SIPS), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA. For more information about the van Wijk lab: Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. 

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