Cornell University, CALS Molecular Biology and Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-CALS Molecular Biology and Genetics-CHR [#14723, WDR-00020763]
Position Title: Department Chair
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Biochemistry / Bioinformatics
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
Appl Deadline:2019/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/09/19, finished 2020/05/17)
Position Description:    

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

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Cornell University invites applications and nominations for professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG). The department engages in cutting-edge research, training, and teaching to solve basic questions in the life sciences ( ). MBG is exceptionally well positioned to understand fundamental principles of biology, and to apply biological knowledge to critical problems in medicine, agriculture and the environment. We aim to inspire and train the next generation of scientists, teachers, and communicators by providing research mentorship and instruction in biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, and related disciplines.

We seek a prominent scientist and an enterprising, inspiring and collaborative individual who will lead the department as its chair in all aspects of academic activity. This includes providing strategic leadership to develop a vision for the future of the department to enhance current and emerging programs; the stewardship of resources, personnel and collaboration across the Cornell campus; collaborating with the faculty and academic staff to foster excellence in teaching, research, and outreach; and providing oversight for the recruitment, retention and professional development of faculty and staff.

Candidates will be expected to pursue their own academic program at the highest level of scholarship and to have an internationally recognized research and funding record consistent with an appointment at the rank of full professor at Cornell. A Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree is required in a discipline relevant to the department’s multi-disciplinary interests. The successful candidate will have a record of leadership, active participation in academic affairs, commitment to diversity and inclusion and evidence of balance and excellence in research, teaching and outreach activities.

The successful candidate will be hired as a full professor, to serve as chair for five years with the possibility of renewal. The incumbent would hold a tenured academic appointment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020 or as negotiated.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a premier institution of scientific learning, tackling the complex challenges of our time through purpose-driven science.

Cornell is an innovative Ivy League university. 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. With our main campus located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell’s 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 on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City and Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York. Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. The university embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, nationalities and genders.

The committee will review applications beginning November 15th and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit a cover letter including a statement of career goals, research interests and plans, and contributions to inclusion and diversity; and a curriculum vitae. References will be subsequently sought from those candidates selected by the search committee. Applications should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online at Questions may be sent via email to the co-chairs of the search committee, Dr. Brian Crane or Dr. Maurine Linder at

Cornell offers a competitive salary, an attractive fringe benefits package and resources for research start-up; support will be commensurate with background and experience. Cornell offers a wide array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their careers and enhance the quality of their personal lives, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options.

Cornell 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.

Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: 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. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. 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.

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526 Campus Rd
107 Biotechnology Bldg
Ithaca, NY 14853

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