Animal Science, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Animal Science-POSTDOCTORALASSOCIATEKETTERINGS [#13229, WDR-00017781]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate (Department of Animal Science); Ithaca, New York
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Crop and Soil Science
Soil Science
Appl Deadline:2019/03/03* (posted 2019/02/04, listed until 2019/03/03)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Associate
Precision Agriculture and Field Crop Sensors
Department of Animal Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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.

The Department of Animal Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs on the biology and management of food, laboratory, and companion animal species.  Our research programs advance our understanding of animal biology and address local and global issues facing animal industries today. Our goals are to discover and develop new techniques and information to benefit animals, agriculture, and human health.  The Department’s 19 faculty members, many internationally recognized, have diverse interests in animal management, breeding, genetics, physiology, nutrition, growth biology, and microbiology.

The sustainability of animal feeding operations in New York State depends greatly on their ability to increase nutrient recycling on the farm, reduce N and P losses to the environment, reduce cost of production and increase yield and milk sales. The incumbent is expected to:

  1. conduct and evaluate on-farm research trials on crop yield and quality response to nitrogen fertilizer and manure (25%).
  2. evaluate use of crop sensors (both tractor mounted, drone-mounted, and satellite-based) for predictions of end-of-season yield and crop responsiveness of corn (25%).
  3. use existing and on-going strip trials on nitrogen and manure management to deliver a practical on-farm, zone-based, research approach for farmers (25%).
  4. develop protocols for use of sensor data for improved management of corn, taking into account yield, forage quality and crop production economics (25%).

The incumbent is also expected to document project results in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles, extension bulletins and factsheets, and other extension materials and tools and to assist in other applied (field) research within the Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program ( when needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in agronomy or soil science with focus on integration of disciplines and systems analyses.
  • Expertise in computer software applications for database management, spreadsheets, word processing and statistical analyses, and crop sensor use for nitrogen management of row crops.
  • Excellent analytical skills, including experience with handling of large datasets, image processing, and analyses.
  • 1+ year of experience working in agricultural production and demonstrated understanding of dairy management, applied soil fertility and/or nutrient management, and analyses of on-farm research data.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and be a team player.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with faculty/staff in the Departments of Animal Science, Soil and Crop Sciences, and PRODAIRY, New York stakeholders, producers and their advisors.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license. Majority of the travel will be throughout New York State as well as two out-of-state meetings.

This is a full-time position and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (

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. For more information, please contact Dr. Quirine Ketterings at

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
Cornell University
Department of Animal Science
149 Morrison Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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