Cornell University, Section of Horticulture

Position ID:Cornell-Section of Horticulture-PECKPD [#18441, WDR-00025419]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Horticulture
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/04/12, finished 2021/06/15, listed until 2021/07/01)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Research Associate 

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.

Location: School of Integrative Plant Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Position Function

I am recruiting an experienced horticulturalist, plant biologist, food scientist, and/or biochemist to study cider apple physiology using biochemical and genomic approaches. The position is based in the Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The individual will study polyphenol biosynthesis and modification during fruit development and ripening. Additional work will explore the sensory perception of apple polyphenols. Examples of related research projects are listed at the Peck Lab and Cornell Hard Cider websites: & This is an exciting opportunity to contribute research-based information to the emerging cider industry.

Anticipated Division of Time

40% Experimental design and execution

20% Data collection and analysis

35% Manuscript preparation and submission

5% Professional development


A Ph.D. in Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Biochemistry, Food Science, or a closely related field is required. The applicant should have at least 5 years of experience, gained through their Ph.D. and/or a postdoc, in a range of analytical techniques. Specifically, 1) demonstrable experience with separation chemistry using HPLC/UPLC and 2) experience with molecular techniques and related bioinformatics, such as microsatellites, GBS, GWAS, and RNA-seq. Expertise in polyphenol biochemistry and prior experience with sensory studies is desirable. Research experience working with perennial fruit crops is strongly preferred. Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a strong publication record. This position also requires strong interpersonal skills to facilitate the interaction of a larger collaborative team of researchers at Cornell, the USDA-ARS, and at other institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Supervision Exercised

Some supervision of graduate and/or undergraduate students will likely be involved.

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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 Academic Jobs Online. This is a 12-month appointment with the opportunity to extend the term based upon performance and available funding. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 1, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply

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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:
Peck Lab
134 Plant Science Building
236 Tower Road
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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