Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics-POSTDOCTORAL [#11706, WDR-00016205]
Position Title: High-Throughput Phenotyping of Plant Stress Responses
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Plant Science
Appl Deadline:2018/09/28 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2018/08/22, finished 2019/03/31)
Position Description:    

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

A Postdoctoral Associate Position is available to join the Gore Lab ( in the area of plant imaging in the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section at Cornell University. The position will be part of a multi-institution, federally funded project involving a dynamic team of plant synthetic biologists, metabolic engineers, geneticists, and computational biologists. Our team will create an integrated plant-based remote sensing solution (living surveillance system) for detecting stimuli that result from human activities. This position requires an experienced scientist to design a signaling pathway that connects sensor input with reporter output and then assess its ability to amplify the response within and between plants. Responsibilities will include independent research in designing approaches for creating thermal and spectral signature reporters, engineering mitigation traits to ensure plant fitness, and assessing the impact of reporters and mitigation traits through thermal and hyperspectral imaging and profiling the transcriptome and metabolome. 

Position requirements 
•Ph.D. with research experience in plant biology, remote sensing, bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics or related discipline. 
•Proficiency in collecting and analyzing thermal and hyperspectral image data sets. 
•Experience with plant physiology and phenotyping technologies. 
•Extensive skills in programming (Python, Java, or C/C++) and statistical tools (R, ASReml, or SAS). •Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a strong publication record. 

Preferred qualifications 
•More than 3 years of experience in high-throughput plant phenotyping, plant physiology, or bioinformatics. •Extensive experience in image processing and statistical analysis of plant phenotypes. 
•Proficiency in developing and implementing complex computational pipelines on Linux operating systems and high-performance computing clusters. 
•A record of publication in the field of digital phenotyping. 
•Experience in deep learning and computer vision. 
•Knowledge of plant stress physiology and synthetic biology approaches is a plus. 

Supervision Exercised 
The position will include some supervision of undergraduate and graduate students involved in research on the project. 

Anticipated Division of Time 
Design and evaluation of plant signaling pathway and mitigation traits 30% 
Collection and analysis of image, physiological, transcriptomic, and metabolomic data 45% 
Participation in preparation of annual reports and publications 15% 
Formal and informal training of lab members and collaborators in phenotyping 10% 

How to Apply
A letter of interest, C.V., and contact info for three references should be submitted directly to Academic Jobs Online at  Questions about the position can be addressed to Dr. Michael Gore at:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Further Info:
Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
School of Integrative Plant Science
Cornell University
240 Emerson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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