Cornell University, Department of Entomology - Geneva

Position ID:Cornell-Department of Entomology - Geneva-AICE [#10264]
Position Title: Applied Insect Chemical Ecologist
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Geneva, New York 14456, United States [map]
Subject Area: Entomology
Appl Deadline:2017/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2017/10/20, finished 2018/07/01)
Position Description:    

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

Applied Insect Chemical Ecologist at the Geneva Campus of Cornell University

The Department of Entomology at Cornell University seeks to fill a tenure-track position in applied insect chemical ecology at the Assistant Professor level to be located at Cornell University’s NY State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. Insect chemical ecology plays a pivotal role in multiple disciplines, including evolutionary biology, behavior, and neurobiology, and underpins highly successful methods to control agricultural, invasive, and medical/veterinary pests. This field is currently being transformed by a greater awareness of the depth of interactions among insects (intra- and interspecific) and plants and microbes. The use of plant volatiles and contact chemicals in applied agricultural practices presents a rapidly growing and exciting avenue for future research and implementation. Tremendous advances in techniques for chemical analysis as well as genomic information (plant, animal, and microbes) allows for an opportunity to develop new applications to agriculture. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in one to several sub-areas of chemical ecology coupled with strong motivation to develop implementable pest management tools to address relevant pest problems facing the NY horticulture industry.

Faculty Position: Applied Insect Chemical Ecologist

It is anticipated that the appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor level. 

Tenure track, 9-month academic year position 

60% Research, 40% Extension

Starting date:             July 2018


Research (60%) – The successful candidate is expected to establish an internationally recognized research program in insect chemical ecology and pest management, using a combination of chemical, genomic or neurobehavioral approaches to investigate the interactions between insects, plants, and microbial agents and develop, supported with field evaluations, the findings into applied control strategies relevant to horticultural crops in New York.

Extension (40%) – The successful candidate will provide leadership in translating information on the use of insect, plant, and microbe-produced volatile chemicals and contact chemicals for pest management of horticultural crops using multiple modes of communication including extension presentations, newsletter and trade-journal articles, webinars and field demonstrations. We anticipate that the candidate will work closely with other specialty-crops faculty to identify their initial commodity focus. 

Teaching  - There is no formal teaching assignment with this position though there is an expectation that the successful candidate will contribute guest lectures in the popular chemical ecology class taught each spring semester.

Qualifications: A Ph.D in entomology or related discipline with a strong background and working knowledge of the methods and instrumentation used for collection and analysis of biologically relevant chemicals.  A commitment to agriculture and to the development of multidisciplinary team-based research and extension programs is essential.

Salary: Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is available.

Application procedure: Applicants must upload into Academic Jobs at online a letter of application, curriculum vitae, selected reprints, academic transcripts, and a statement of research goals and plans. Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted through Academic Jobs online.

The Department actively encourages applications from women and minority candidates. 

Review of applications will begin January 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Department Affiliation: The successful candidate will be a faculty member of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and will be based in the Department of Entomology in Geneva, NY ( within the NY State Agriculture Experiment station ( A mentoring program for new faculty provides guidance and assistance.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus opening on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options.

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Further Info:
Department of Entomology
Cornell University
Geneva, NY 14456

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