Cornell University, Animal Science

Position ID:Cornell-Animal Science-RA1 [#23748, WDR-00034379]
Position Title: Research Associate – Dairy Sustainability Key Performance Indicators, Department of Animal Science; Ithaca, New York
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Animal Science
Agronomy
Starting Date:2023/01/03
Appl Deadline:2022/11/30 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2022/11/16, finished 2022/12/08)
Position Description:    

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

Research Associate – Dairy Sustainability Key Performance Indicators
Department of Animal Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Position Function
This individual will be a Research Associate for the Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program (NMSP; http://nmsp.cals.cornell.edu) in the Department of Animal Science. Specific focus will be on (1) evaluation of whole farm mass balances, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, and economic assessments of commercial dairy farms; (2) identification of cropping, manure management and feeding practices to be included in sustainability assessments relevant to commercial dairy production in northeast USA. This position is expected to coordinate with NMSP leadership to document project results in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles, extension bulletins, and factsheets, as well as other extension materials and tools to assist in applied (field) research within the NMSP when needed. This individual will function as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes faculty and staff in animal nutrition, modelling, manure treatment, nutrient management, agronomy and soil sciences, farm business management, students, farmers, crop advisors, nutrient management planners, nutritionists, and state agency staff in the existing projects at NMSP and organize regular meetings with the collaborators.

This is a full-time (100% FTE) position and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on available work, funding and performance.


Anticipated Division of Time

Data analysis and reporting: 40%
• Evaluate results from NMB, GHG emissions, biodiversity, and economic assessments on commercial dairy farms to develop baseline measurements.
• Conduct literature searches, summarize data, and prepare reports, scientific articles, and visual aids.
• Identify cropping, manure management and feeding practices to be included in sustainability assessments relevant to commercial dairy production in northeast USA.
• Analyze sustainability assessment outputs to identify potential win-win, or overlapping opportunities for improvement in NMB, GHG emissions, biodiversity and economics.
• Assess impact of implementing potential mitigation practices over time.

Data collection and management: 30%
• Collect data from commercial dairy farms relating to the import and export of nutrients, crop/soil management, manure management, animal feeding practices, and environmental stewardship.
• Gather all data sources, and compile them into a single, large dataset.
• Extract information from all the data sources to make it suitable for further processing.
• Manage all the data sources and document the process.

Mentoring students: 20%
• Mentor undergraduate students from agricultural sciences, animal sciences, and environment and sustainability, to collect and analyze data.
• Guide them in developing effective reporting mechanisms.
• Train students on presentations, data management and documentation, and development of extension materials.

Personal and Professional Development: 10%
• Seek out and attend educational seminars and workshops as required by Supervisor.
• Continuously maintain all required educational/position qualifications to fulfill job requirements.
• Maintain good communications with supervisor, technical staff, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, temporary staff, and other collaborators within Cornell and at other institutions.
• Present research findings in conferences and extension meetings.

Requirements
• Ph.D. in animal science or agronomy, 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.
• Ability to program in R and/or Python and handle big datasets.
• Demonstrated understanding of applied soil fertility and/or nutrient management of forages for dairies, analyses of on-farm research data, and experience in whole-farm system modelling/analysis.
• 3+ years of experience working in agricultural production with international and industry experience.
• 3+ years of experience working with GHG assessment tools and life cycle assessments (LCAs).
• Must have excellent communication and leadership skills with the ability to prioritize multiple projects.
• Proven ability to work independently in collecting and summarizing data.
• Work independently and in collaboration with faculty/staff in the Department of Animal Science, School of Integrated Plant Science, and PRODAIRY, New York stakeholders, producers, and their advisors.
• Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position and have reliable transportation, as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license.
• Familiarity with forage production systems and dairy farming preferred.

To apply:
Please apply via Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/23748).

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.

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Cornell University
Department of Animal Science
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Ithaca, NY 14853