Cornell University, Animal Science

Position ID:Cornell-Animal Science-POSTDOCTORALASSOCIATEREED [#13600, WDR-00018645]
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: Animal Science
Appl Deadline:2019/05/19 finished (2019/04/17, finished 2019/09/03, listed until 2019/05/19)
Position Description:    

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

Postdoctoral Associate
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 selected candidate, hosted in the Animal Science Department at Cornell University, will join a national team of researchers in developing a next generation whole dairy farm model to investigate sustainable farming solutions. The model will help researchers better inform farmers, practitioners, and thought leaders of the environmental and economic impacts of on-farm practices. The job duties will include the:

  • Reviewing literature for most current information on nutrient requirements and ration formulation for growing, lactating, and dry dairy cattle.
  • Developing decision algorithms to manage farm grown feed stocks and feed purchases that simulate on-farm practices and composing detailed documentation for these processes.
  • Managing agile program development including a geographically diverse team of 4 - 6 student programmers and at least one PhD student working on all aspects of farm management and nutrient cycling.
  • Evaluating model function and simulation outputs for both accuracy and sensitivity to inputs and parameter designation.
  • Composing funding proposals in collaboration with other research leaders.
  • Communicating progress and results through preparation of oral presentations, formal scientific manuscripts, and industry articles.
  • Participating in monthly team conference calls.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Animal Science, Nutrition, Biology, or related fields.
  • Knowledge of the US Dairy system including management and feeding practices.
  • Knowledge of prominent dairy cattle nutrient requirement systems such as the NRC (2001), CNCPS, and INRA Feeding System for Ruminants.
  • Excellent analytical skills, including experience with handling of large datasets, image processing, and analyses.
  • Good communication, organization, and personnel management skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with model development and/or computer programming.
  • Knowledge of methodology for conducting sensitivity analyses.
  • Experience with agile project management.

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. Kristan Foster Reed at


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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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. Located in Ithaca, New York, 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 to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Cornell University
Department of Animal Science
149 Morrison Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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