Cornell University, Microbiology/CALS

Position ID:Cornell-Microbiology/CALS-ENVMICROASSTPROF2 [#14213, WDR-00020215]
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Environmental Microbiology (Department of Microbiology); Ithaca, New York
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Microbiology
Appl Deadline:2019/11/18help popup (posted 2019/08/07, listed until 2019/11/18)
Position Description:    

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Environmental Microbiology

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, 9-month academic year ,Tenure-track.

Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5701. The academic home for this position is the Department of Microbiology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Position description: 

The Department of Microbiology at Cornell University ( invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant or early associate professor level in environmental microbiology.  Microorganisms drive the foundational processes upon which all life on Earth depends.  Understanding these processes at a fundamental level can help inform sustainable and practical approaches to maintain healthy ecosystems.  

The successful applicant will develop a well-funded, internationally recognized innovative research program in environmental microbiology.  Examples of relevant research topics include, but are not limited to, microorganisms that govern biogeochemical cycles, microbial biotransformations and biodegradation, aquatic and terrestrial microbial community ecology, as well as mechanistic studies of how microbial populations sense, respond to, and ultimately alter environments.  The ideal program will embrace a combination of molecular, genetic, physiological and/or data-intensive approaches [e.g. (meta)genomics, (meta)transcriptomics, and (meta)proteomics] to develop a mechanistic understanding of microbial systems in an environmental context.  

The applicant will be expected to teach in the general area of environmental microbiology and will contribute to both the Microbiology major and to the Environment and Sustainability major.  The position will have 50% teaching and 50% research responsibilities on a 9-month academic year basis.

Required Qualifications: 

Ph.D. in Microbiology or related discipline is required.  Post-doctoral experience and previous teaching experience is highly desirable.  A well-qualified candidate is expected to have a record of peer-reviewed publication in environmental microbiology or a related field. 

The candidate must be able to work in a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural setting and create a collegial professional environment.

Applications and Starting Date:

Anticipated starting date is July, 2020.  Applications are to be submitted to Academic Jobs Online including: 1) a cover letter briefly summarizing your background and qualifications; 2) a statement of research interests (3-page maximum); 3) a teaching statement outlining experiences, philosophy and interests (2-page maximum); 4) a diversity statement of how, through your research, teaching and/or service, you can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion in support of Cornell’s mission of “any person… any study”; 5) a detailed curriculum vitae, and 6) the names and contact information for three references (letters will be requested after applications have been reviewed).  

Inquiries may be sent to Professor Esther Angert, Search Committee Chair (  Initial screening of applications will begin September 16, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
Cornell University
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Microbiology
102 Wing Hall
Ithaca NY 14853

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