Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Soil and Crop Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Soil and Crop Sciences-POSTDOCASSOC [#13991, WDR-00019723]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate/Research Laboratory Director
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Soil Science / pyrolysis bionenergy and biochar
Appl Deadline:2019/08/31help popup finished (2019/07/02, finished 2020/03/01, listed until 2019/08/31)
Position Description:    

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

Postdoctoral Associate /Research Laboratory Director
School of Integrative Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. 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 interdisciplinary group on pyrolysis bionenergy and biochar at Cornell University is searching for an outstanding individual who will lead research support, development and outreach at the Leland Pyrolysis facility. The position is located in the Section of Soil and Crop Sciences within the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) at Cornell University.

Anticipated Division of Time
The incumbent will support research and development of pyrolysis and biochar, may conduct active research in collaboration with faculty across the colleges, and will be responsible for some outreach activities. Research will include, but is not limited to, understanding mass and energy balances of pyrolysis bioenergy, biochar properties, system performance, and greenhouse gas emissions to provide information about opportunities to mitigate climate change, improve food security and reduce environmental pollution. Work will include gas, liquid and solid analyses using standard as well as advanced analytical equipment, programming, running a modern pyrolysis plant and ensuring its regulatory compliance including relevant reporting.

Position Requirements
Ph.D. in engineering, biogeochemistry, or related discipline, and practical skills in operating advanced equipment.

Preferred Specific Skills
Interest and experience in addressing environmental issues, climate change mitigation, food security, waste management and research bridging natural sciences and engineering are required. Skills in systems modeling, data analysis in R, grant and publication writing, are desirable. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to conduct an outreach program are needed.

How to Apply
Applicants should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a research statement via and include a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Position is initially a one year, full-time appointment, with the option and expectation for extension.   Applications will be evaluated starting August 1, 2019, until position is filled. The position is anticipated to start immediately or will remain open until filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. Benefits package is included.

About School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell: The Cornell University houses a large internationally renowned group of academics with many collaborative projects in the area of environmental sciences and engineering. Incoming students/postdoc will join a collaborative and interdisciplinary community on the main campus located in Ithaca, NY. The Section of Soil and Crop Sciences ( is part of Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS, at College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ( ). 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.

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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:
School of Integrative Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Section of Soil and Crop Sciences
909 Bradfield Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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