Cornell University, CALS - International Programs

Position ID:Cornell-IP-CALS-POSTDOC [#15362, wdr-00020806]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate - Gender in Agriculture
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Sociology, Economics and Government
International Studies
Appl Deadline:2019/11/30help popup finished (2019/11/04, finished 2020/02/11, listed until 2019/11/30)
Position Description:    

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

Postdoctoral Associate - Gender in Agriculture

International Programs

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IPCALS) is searching for a highly motivated postdoctoral associate interested in gender research in agriculture. The position will be supporting gender research within multiple large international agricultural research projects, as well as capacity building for gender responsive research. The successful candidate will support three projects: Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement  (ILCI) a new project focusing on collaboratively developing and transferring tools, technologies and methods to national crop improvement programs in E. and W. Africa, S. Asia and L. America; the Next Generation Cassava Breeding (Nextgen Cassava) project ( and Gender Responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) (

The postdoc will work primarily with the IPCALS Associate Director for Gender to collaboratively design and conduct gender focused research across all three projects. The postdoc will be part of interdisciplinary teams of researchers working on the projects, and will be the primary research focal point for gender research. The postdoc will be expected to oversee ongoing research, checking in with field teams, tracking research progress and supporting teams on ground in Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania as needed. The postdoc will also help support MSc and PhD students on each project as needed. The postdoc will be expected to develop and deliver training modules for GREAT training. The postdoc will also have the flexibility to carve out his/her own research within the scope of ILCI or NextGen research portfolio. A particular focus for ILCI will be to curate, develop, adapt and test gender analysis tools for breeding priority setting. Successful candidates will be expected to publish these research outputs in peer reviewed journals, as well as present at conferences. The position will require international travel for meetings and fieldwork.

Anticipated Division of Time:

  • Support field research in Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania on participatory evaluation and market analysis for Nextgen cassava (40%)
  • Curate, develop, adapt and test gender analysis tools and methods for breeding priority setting for ILCI (40%)
  • Support MSc and PhD students on research design and analysis (10%)
  • Develop and deliver training modules for GREAT (10%)


  • PhD in anthropology, international development, rural sociology, economics or related field with a focus on gender in development.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in topics related to gender in agricultural research and development.
  • Strong track record in qualitative and quantitative research methods is essential.
  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative analysis skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, experience working in interdisciplinary research teams and experience working internationally is essential.
  • Ability to travel internationally
Preferred qualifications:

  • Teaching experience for adult learners, or professionals. Contextual knowledge of gender issues in sub-Saharan Africa, especially around agricultural research and development.
  • Experience working with crop improvement programs

To Apply:

Candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, a research statement, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website .

This position is available starting January 1, 2020 (negotiable). 

Review of applications will  begin November 11, 2019 and will continue until the position in filled. The initial appointment is for one year with renewal possible. For specific questions, please contact Dr. Hale Tufan 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:
International Programs
B75 Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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