Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics-POSTDOC [#21215, WDR-00030036]
Position Title: Predictive Analytics in Crop Breeding and Management
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Agriculture / Remote Sensing
Plant Breeding / modeling
Genomics / Functional Genomics
Appl Deadline:2022/10/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/08/31, finished 2022/10/18, listed until 2022/10/31)
Position Description:   URMs  

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School of Integrative Plant Science
Predictive Analytics in Crop Breeding and Management

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.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments, and their communities both in New York state and around the world.

Position Function
The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral associate to conduct interdisciplinary studies combining plant phenomics and genomics. The position is in the Sections of Plant Breeding and Genetics (Mike Gore Lab) and Soil and Crop Science (Ying Sun Lab) and includes collaborations with quantitative geneticists (Kelly Robbins and Joe Gage Labs) and computer scientists (Abe Davis and Noah Snavely Labs). The successful applicant is expected to integrate physiological and environmental processes with genetic data to understand and forecast plant performance at different spatial and temporal scales. A special focus of this position is on the development and application of crop growth models from remote sensing data (e.g., Chlorophyll Fluorescence, Lidar, Hyperspectral) to enable genetic dissection and prediction of phenotypes related to plant productivity and adaptation to environmental changes. Other responsibilities of this position include trips to collaborator field sites and presenting original scientific results at meetings and in publications.

Position requirements
  • Ph.D. with research experience in an ecology-, agriculture-, climate-, remote sensing-, or computation-related field.
  • Proficiency in collecting and analyzing remote sensing datasets
  • Extensive skills in big-data analysis, data mining, and statistics.
  • Programing experience in C, Matlab, R, or Python.
  • Experience with plant physiology and phenotyping technologies.
  • Independence and project leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a strong publication record.
Preferred qualifications
  • More than 3 years of experience in remote sensing, crop simulation models, or genetic analysis of genotype-by-environment interactions
  • Proficiency in developing and implementing complex computational pipelines on Linux operating systems and high-performance computing clusters.
  • A record of publication in the field of remote sensing and physiological modeling.
  • Experience in the use of APSIM/DSSAT models.

Supervision Exercised
The position will include some supervision of undergraduate and graduate students involved in research on the project.

Anticipated Division of Time
Analyzing Data 60%

Writing 25%

Mentoring 10%

Field Research 5%

How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a CV, statement of research interest, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online at the following link:

The position is anticipated to start in January 2023 and the search will continue until the position is filled.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. Benefits package is included.

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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Further Info:
School of Integrative Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853