Cornell University, Department of Global Development

1136 18665
Position ID:Cornell-Department of Global Development-PDOC [#18665, WDR-00025828]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Agricultural Economics
Appl Deadline:2021/06/30 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/05/20, finished 2021/11/24)
Position Description:    

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

Department of Global Development
 Postdoctoral Associate 


The Cornell University Department of Global Development is searching for a highly motivated postdoctoral associate interested in research on priority setting for crop improvement in agriculture. The position will be supporting The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement (ILCI) to develop and implement an impact centered priority setting framework for crop improvement programs, provide research support to partner programs, and collaboratively develop and adapt priority setting tools and methods tailored for National Agricultural Research Institutions (NARIs) in ILCI target countries. 

Project Summary:

ILCI partners with scientists and stakeholders around the globe to co-develop tools, technologies and methods in crop improvement that address local concerns and focus on community impact. Our goal is to listen to NARIs as they define their own goals and drive advancement to breed resilient crop varieties that stand up to pests, diseases and climate change. We believe that if national programs play a central role in designing innovations that prioritize/target their unique needs, then these solutions will be more sustainable in the long-term. Our work fuses cutting-edge science and collaboration to make food more accessible, reliable, and responsive to the diverse needs around the globe.

Anticipated Division of Time

 The postdoc will work with the interdisciplinary ILCI priority setting team, co-led by Hale Ann Tufan and Miguel Gomez. We are seeking a full-time researcher with an agricultural economics background to primarily support ILCI Centers of Innovation (CoIs) to: 

Framework development (50%)
  • Lead the impact centered priority setting framework development, process and metrics related priority setting for crop improvement. 
Tool/Method Development (25%) 
  • Collaboratively develop priority setting tools and methods (e.g Ex-Ante cost benefit analysis) targeted for CoIs.
  •  Adapt existing crop improvement priority setting related tools such conjoint analysis, value chain analysis, survey development etc, as well as broader research design and sampling for CoIs. 
Research Support (25%)
  • Broadly support CoI teams in priority setting related research including developing research questions, designing tools, analyzing data and publishing.
As cross cutting themes (gender, youth, resilience and nutrition) are critical to all ILCI work, the successful candidate will work closely with the ILCI cross cutting team to ensure the priority setting framework, tools and process integrate these themes. The successful candidate will have a background working in one of these research areas to enable effective collaboration. The position will require international travel for meetings and fieldwork.

  • PhD in agricultural economics or related field;
  • Demonstrated field research experience in an international agricultural research for development focused project or program;
  • Demonstrated research experience on gender, nutrition or resilience focused research; 
  • Desirable: Experience working in impact evaluation or monitoring learning and evaluation related topics; 
  • Desirable: Experience in both qualitative and quantitative gender research methods; 
  • Desirable: Experience working in a CoI host country; 
  • Desirable: Working knowledge of French or Spanish an advantage. 

This is a one-year appointment, renewable contingent on performance, funding and available work.

Applications: Candidates must submit: (1) a cover letter that describes experience relevant to the position description; (2) statement of purpose (3) statement of accomplishments relevant to the promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion  (4) a curriculum vitae; and (5) names and contact information for two professional references (finalists will be asked to provide letters). Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be submitted confidentially to Professor Hale Tufan, . Interested applicants should apply to Academic Jobs Online at Applications will be reviewed until the position has been filled.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell 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 identities to apply. Global Development and CALS at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations and gender identities. 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 located in Ithaca, New York. It is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university as well as New York’s land‐grant institution. CALS is a premier institution of scientific learning, tackling the complex challenges of our time through purpose-driven science. More information about the Department of Global Development can be found on our website.



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Further Info:
Department of Global Development
Cornell University
240 Warren Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853