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-ASSISTANTASSOCIATEPROFESSOR [#12632, WDR-00016987]
Position Title: Breeding for Sustainable Forage Cropping Systems
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Genomics / Bioinformatics
Appl Deadline:2019/03/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2018/11/02, finished 2019/10/06)
Position Description:    

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Position Announcement
Breeding for Sustainable Forage Cropping Systems

Assistant/Associate Professor, tenure-track




POSITION:        Tenure-Track, Assistant or Associate Professor

Academic year (9-month) appointment

School of Integrative Plant Science, Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

START DATE:    July 2019 or as negotiated


RESPONSIBILITIES: Advances in biochemistry, metabolomics, and metabolic engineering, high-throughput phenotyping and the availability of genomic sequences for forage crop species are opening new and valuable research opportunities for plant breeding. This forage breeding position will have responsibility for conducting innovative research using new robotic, field-based agronomics, genomic tools, metagenomics and genome-wide selection strategies in collaboration with other scientists and the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture. Specific topics within this overarching goal might include: how forage composition traits interact with the dairy cattle gastrointestinal microbiome and dairy cattle genetics to impact feed efficiency and dairy production; value-added aspects as cover crops to sequester carbon, break disease cycles and fix nitrogen for future crops; the use of high-throughput phenotyping, environmental/weather data and crop modeling, etc., to drive the development of new forage cultivars adapted to abiotic/biotic stressors that are becoming more common with climate change; evaluation and breeding of promising field crop species for use as feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts; and sustainable cropping systems using cover crops and perennial grains. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally-funded research program, release improved germplasm and/or varieties and contribute to undergraduate and graduate student training in plant breeding/crop science/genetics/biological statistics. The successful candidate will be expected to teach one course at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level. We seek highly-motivated individuals whose strong research and teaching credentials have prepared them to contribute meaningfully to our program and our historical commitment to diversity. This position has a 60:40 research and teaching responsibility.


QUALIFICATIONS:  A Ph.D. is required in plant breeding, plant genetics/genomics or plant molecular biology or related discipline. Strength in quantitative genetics/statistics is highly desirable. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with other researchers in interdisciplinary inquiry, attract extramural support and lead an innovative research/ breeding program. Postdoctoral and/or other relevant experience is desirable, with experience preferred in relevant teaching, student advising, and research.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive and commensurate with background and experience.  An attractive fringe benefits package is available.


APPLICATIONS: Candidates are requested to submit a letter of application, detailed resume, research and teaching statements, copies of university transcripts, copies of one or two publications, a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion and names and contact information for three references via Academic Jobs Online at Review of applications will commence February 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to search committee chair Mark Sorrells (240 Emerson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-1901;; 1-607-255-1665) or Amy Collins (240 Emerson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-1901;; 1-607-255-2180).



The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) was launched by Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2014 to provide a unifying framework for five sections (formerly departments) with interrelated activities: Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil & Crop Sciences. The sections are associated with distinct disciplines and graduate fields, but are increasingly connected by urgent local and global challenges and the revolutionary scientific tools now available.


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.


Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Please visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.


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.


Additional information about SIPS, the Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics and Cornell’s Initiative for Digital Agriculture is available at the following websites:,, and



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

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