Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science - Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Position ID:Cornell-School of Integrative Plant Science - Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology-MARTINPOSTDOC [#13979, WDR-00019675]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Plant Pathology
Appl Deadline:2019/09/25help popup* finished (2019/07/02, finished 2019/11/18, listed until 2019/09/25)
Position Description:    

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

Postdoctoral Associate

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

School of Integrative Plant Science

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Ithaca, NY


Using natural variation and genome editing to discover and 

molecularly characterize new sources of disease resistance in tomato


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.

The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) is the largest academic unit in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, providing a unifying framework for five sections 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 Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Sciences has been an active center of investigation for more than a century and boasts an impressive legacy of scholarship in research and education in topics such as pathogenesis, plant immunity, plant-associated microbes, and sustainable methods to suppress plant disease. Our faculty and staff have a rich history of developing leaders in plant biology throughout the world, and our alumni remain engaged and in close contact with each other and department faculty.   

Position Function   

A postdoctoral position in the Martin lab is available to conduct research on the interaction of tomato with the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae to investigate molecular mechanisms involved in plant immunity.

The position will focus on the characterization of natural variation in the immune response in tomato and will use multiple experimental approaches to identify and characterize the genes responsible (mapping-by-sequencing, CRISPR/Cas9, protein biochemistry). For more information about research in the Martin lab, see:

 This is a one-year term appointment with possible extension dependent on successful performance and continued funding.

Anticipated Division of Time

Research 85%

Writing 15%


Required Qualifications:

Candidates must have completed some graduate-level coursework in molecular plant-microbe interactions, have extensive genetics, genomics, protein biochemistry and/or molecular biology research experience, and have at least one first-authored peer-reviewed publication. A Ph.D. is required in plant pathology, plant biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, or a closely related field. Excellent writing and oral communication skills are required.


Supervision Exercised




Applicants should submit a cover letter that addresses the requirements above, and include a statement of your research interests, a curriculum vitae, a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the names and contact information for three references via AJO link. Applications will be reviewed beginning on August 15, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled.

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Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology Section
School of Integrative Plant Science
134 Plant Science Building
Ithaca, NY 14853

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