Cornell University, Department of Food Science

Position ID:Cornell-Food-PDAJG [#15901, WDR-00022232]
Position Title: Post-Doctoral Associate–Biomaterials & Biointerfaces in Food & Agriculture
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Molecular Biology
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chemistry / chemistry - biology interface
Food Safety
Appl Deadline:2020/02/28 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/01/22, finished 2020/07/01, listed until 2020/03/22)
Position Description:    

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

Post-Doctoral Associate – Biomaterials & Biointerfaces in Food & Agriculture
Department of Food Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Position Function

The Department of Food Science at Cornell University is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate who will be responsible for carrying out experiments and performing research on engineering bacteriophage: nanoparticle biocomposites for detection of pathogenic bacteria in a range of matrices (e.g. water, soil, food, serum). The postdoc will utilize techniques in bioconjugation chemistry and synthetic biology in order to design a new generation of bacteriophage-based detection kits to evaluate water quality. The scientist is also expected to write manuscripts for publications, which detail the findings of the project.

Anticipated Division of Time

The post-doc will be required to perform experiments (wet chemistry and microbiological work), data analysis, and participate in project leadership in bioconjugation chemistry research related to immobilization and infectivity of bacteriophage: nanoparticle biocomposites. The tasks include leading and advising junior scientists in the lab, writing results into peer-reviewed publications or patent applications, and designing new experimental methods. The post-doc position is for one-year with the possibility of re-appointment based on performance and availability of funds.

Computational analysis – 10%

Experimental system design – 30%

Bench research – 35%

Writing – 10%

Leadership/Management – 15%


The successful post-doc applicant will be required to hold, at the point of hire, a Ph.D. in food science, materials science, molecular biology, nanobiotechnology or similar fields. Additional requirements are:

• Excellent written and communication skills

• Ability to conduct independent research in a collaborative environment

• Expertise in bioconjugation chemistries

• Ability to lead a diverse team of graduate and undergraduate students

• Strong publication record

• Experience in grant writing is strongly preferred

• Experience in biological applications of materials science strongly preferred

• Molecular/synthetic biology and bacteriophage experience preferred

The postdoc will be expected to perform in a high-paced, creative, inclusive, and team-oriented research environment.

 Application and Start Date

 Applications including a cover letter, CV, a statement of research interest (1 page max), names of 3 references, an optional recent sample publication and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion should be submitted online at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.

Supervision Exercised

The scientist will report directly to Professor Goddard and work in parallel with the current Lab manager in providing a safe, inclusive education environment for lab members. As part of their day-to-day lab duties, the scientist is expected to supervise and advise a team consisting of graduate and undergraduate students. This includes assistance with protocols, adherence to safety standards, experimental design, execution, and interpretation of results.

Research supervision will include individual meetings with the project PI and group meetings with the entire lab. 

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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:
Cornell University
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Food Science
364 Stocking Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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