Cornell University, Animal Science

Position ID:Cornell-Animal Science-PD [#16157, wdr-00022881]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate in Dairy Sustainability
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Animal Science
Crop and Soil Science
Dairy Science
Nutrient Management
Appl Deadline:2020/06/15 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2020/03/10, finished 2020/09/02, listed until 2020/06/15)
Position Description:    

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

Postdoctoral Associate in Dairy Sustainability
Department of Animal Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York


Who We Are

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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 Department of Animal Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs on the biology and management of food, laboratory, and companion animal species.  Our research programs advance our understanding of animal biology and address local and global issues facing animal industries today. Our goals are to discover and develop new techniques and information to benefit animals, agriculture, and human health.

The sustainability of animal feeding operations in New York State depends greatly on their ability to increase nutrient recycling on the farm, reduce N and P losses to the environment, reduce the cost of production and increase yield and milk sales. The Nutrient Management Spear Program, which is the applied research and extension program in field crops nutrient management for New York dairy and cash grain operations, is led by Dr. Quirine Ketterings, Professor in the Department of Animal Science -

What You Will Do

  • You will work on "Development of Dairy Sustainability Key Performance Indicators" for the Nutrient Management Spear Program. You will conduct annual nutrient mass balance (NMB) assessments for farms: Specific duties include:
  • Developing and delivering training sessions on whole-farm nutrient mass balance (NMB) assessment to farmers, farm advisors, and agricultural, plant and animal science students
  • Evaluating additional key sustainability performance indicators (software-based greenhouse gas emission estimators, water use estimates, FARM-ES, animal and plant production efficiency, and economic measurements and calculations).
  • Developing 2nd level key performance indicators of sustainability that are both easy to derive and meaningful for farm evaluation and monitoring of nutrient use improvements over time.
  • Documenting project results in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles.

This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a 1-year appointment with an option to extend for a 2nd year. Future possible extensions depend on funding and performance.

What We Need

We are looking for an individual that excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders such as faculty and staff, farm business management, students, farmers, crop advisors, nutrient management planners, nutritionists, and state agency staff. In this role, you will work across New York State and contribute to the sustainability of animal feeding operations. Additionally, we need someone who has:

  • Ph.D. in agronomy, crop and soil science, or animal science with a focus on the integration of disciplines and systems analyses.
  • Expertise in computer software applications for database management, spreadsheets, word processing, and statistical analyses.
  • Good analytical skills, including experience with statistical analyses of large datasets.
  • 1+ year of experience working in agricultural production and demonstrated understanding of dairy management, applied soil fertility and/or nutrient management.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and be a team player.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with faculty/staff in the Departments of Animal Science, Soil and Crop Sciences, and PRO-DAIRY, New York stakeholders, producers, and their advisors.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including having reliable transportation or having and maintaining a valid driver’s license as well as undergoing a successful driver background check. 


Rewards and Benefits


We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.

  • Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.
  • Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.

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

Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Dr. Quirine Ketterings at


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Cornell University
Department of Animal Science
149 Morrison Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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