Cornell University, CALS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Position ID:Cornell-CALS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology-RAHOULTON [#17248, Houlton]
Position Title: Research Associate
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Appl Deadline:2020/11/03 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/10/20, finished 2020/11/24, listed until 2020/11/03)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Research Associate
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University

Full Time, One Year Term Position 

Research Associate with relevant expertise in global biogeochemical cycles, climate change, sustainable agriculture, and carbon capture and sequestration via soil amendments. Lab analysis – including soil, plant, dissolved chemistry – carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus; trace metals; and alkalinity. Greenhouse gas analysis with field deployed analyzers and automated systems. Supervise preparation of samples for analysis, analyze large and complex data sets, prepare manuscripts for scientific publication, proposal writing, and present results at relevant scientific meetings. Engage with external stakeholders including farmers, ranchers, NGOs, government policy, and industry. Oversee lab space renovations and manage operations, including bi-coastal linkages between New York state and California field operations. 

Support an ongoing, collaborative set of projects between Cornell University, the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, and Cal State University – East Bay, with specific focus on the Working Land Innovation Center (, which includes inter-disciplinary researchers, farmers, ranchers, tribes, NGOs and policy makers. This project is testing the efficacy of >100 acres of farmland carbon capture demonstrations, with a full-time staff dedicated to California field operations. Establishing a set of complementary demonstration sites in NY is a high priority, along with lab facility operations at Cornell. Materials under study including pulverized silicate rock dust – known as enhanced weathering – in combination with compost and biochar soil amendments across diverse cropping systems and regions. The goal of the Working Lands Innovation Center is to catalyze negative carbon emissions using inorganic and organic soil interventions, in collaboration with farmers, ranchers and tribes. Additional research is focused on global modeling of carbon sequestration benefits, cropland nutrient use efficiency, co-benefits of carbon sequestration across demonstration sites, and the creation of new algorithms to predict carbon sequestration across systems and amendments. 

Manuscript Preparation and Proposal Writing: 35% 
Data Analyses: 20% 
Supervisory (oversee graduate students, technicians, equipment, lab and field work, supplies): 40% 
Attend meetings: 5%

Required Qualifications:
This position requires a Ph.D. in a relevant field with at least five years of relevant research experience. Position is a Cornell employee based at the Ithaca campus.

Position Start Date: January 2021.

Application Instructions:
Candidates should submit via the website a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Application deadline is November 3, 2020. 

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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:
CALS Surge Facility
525 Tower Road
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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