Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science - Section of Plant Biology

Position ID:Cornell-PlantBiology-PAPB [#10623, WDR-00013269]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Biochemistry
Plant Biology
Appl Deadline:2018/07/06 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2017/12/12, finished 2018/07/27, listed until 2018/07/06)
Position Description:    

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

Postdoctoral Associate (2 positions)
Plant Biology Section, School of Integrative Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Science
Ithaca, NY 14853

 The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 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.

We are recruiting experienced plant biologists and/or biochemists to work on a project(s) studying tomato fruit biology using both genomic and biochemical approaches, with particular focus on cuticles, cell walls, and ripening related processes. The positions are based in the Plant Biology Section, School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. These individuals will use innovative technologies to study aspects of the structure and function of structural polymers in fruit, and/or the mechanisms of their biosynthesis and modification during fruit development and ripening. Examples of related research themes and projects that align within this general topic are listed at the Rose lab website: ( These positions will also involve the identification and characterization of novel cell and tissue type processes in tomato fruit ( through interaction with a larger collaborative team of other tomato research groups at the Boyce Thompson Institute and USDA-ARS on the Cornell campus.  This is a one-year term appointment with the possibility of extension dependent on performance and funding.

 A typical distribution of activities for this position might be as follows:

50% Data collection.

40% Data analysis.

5% Personal development related activities

5% Manuscript writing


The applicants must have a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Plant Biochemistry, or a closely related field. The applicants should have at least 5 years of experience, gained through their Ph.D. and/or a postdoc, in a range of modern molecular techniques, and either: 1) demonstrable experience generating and analyzing RNA-seq data, or similar bioinformatic experience, as well as working with transgenic plants; or 2) experience with enzymology and analytical biochemical techniques, such as HPLC, GC and mass spectrometry. Experience working with plant cuticles is particularly encouraged, and expertise in polymer biochemistry would be a benefit. Evidence of research experience working with tomato is strongly preferred. Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and have a strong publication record.


Please submit a CV, and names and contact information for 3 references via Academic Jobs Online at the following link:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position(s) are filled.

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Further Info:
412 Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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