Cornell University, Animal Science

Position ID:Cornell-Animal Science-EA [#21932, WDR-00031900]
Position Title: Extension Associate – Crop Yield and Soil Data, Animal Science, Ithaca NY
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Crop Modeling
Data Analytics
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/06/15, finished 2022/07/13)
Position Description:    

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

Extension Associate – Crop Yield and Soil Data
Department of Animal Science College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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. 

CALS 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.

What You Will Do

This individual will be an Extension Associate for the Nutrient Management Spear Program in the Department of Animal Science. Specific focus will be on (1) building and managing a statewide yield database of corn silage, corn grain and soybeans, (2) processing farmer-generated yield monitor data into single and multi-year yield maps and reports, (3) analyzing on-farm testing approaches (spatial statistical analyses) using various data layers including past yield, soil and elevation, and including (4) image analysis and evaluation of sensor data (multispectral images from UAS and satellites) for yield model development and on-farm research. This individual will independently design and implement the extension program infrastructure to meet these goals and focus. This individual will collaborate with farmers throughout the region to operate this innovative program on a state-wide level. This individual will function as part of a multidisciplinary team with additional collaborators at the Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Buffalo, as well as the Statistical and Data Sciences Department at Cornell, authoring extension and research reports as well as peer reviewed publications.

This position is full-time and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Database Design and Creation: 35%
• Design, build, and manage a statewide yield database for the collection and processing of yield monitor data for corn silage, corn grain, and soybeans.
• Collaborate with farmers to collect and translate data and establish a data quality control process.
• Manage records, compile, and analyze research data.

Evaluation/Reporting: 35%

• Devise, develop and deliver extension/outreach materials to target audiences.
• Receive, research, and answer industry questions from extension/target audience on related topics.
• Design user interface and generate reports.
• Provide critical assessment of reports, presentation, and results as required to evaluate and ensure proper instrument function.
• Author annual reports summarizing the data for farmer/clients.
• Conduct literature searches, summarize data, prepare reports, scientific articles, and visual aids.
• Create/devise yield maps.

Data Processing/Management/Cleaning: 20%

• Design and present farmer-generated yield monitor data, creating various forms of yield maps and reports.
• Evaluate clean yield data for use for on-farm research evaluation and crop yield prediction.
• Evaluate sensor data for yield estimation for corn and soybean, and development of on-farm research approaches for use by farmers and farm advisors.
• Analyze on-farm testing approaches (spatial statistical analyses) using various data layers including past yield, soil, and elevation.
• Analyze and evaluate sensor data (multispectral images from Unmanned Aircraft Systems - UAS and satellites) for yield model development and on-farm research.

Safety Compliance: 5%

• Ensure compliance in Worker Protection Safety (WPS) in order to work in fields where pesticides have been applied.
• Ensure that all protocols and procedures adhere to safety requirements as mandated an in cooperation with the Cornell Office of Occupational and Environmental Health in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Personal and Professional Development: 5%

• Seek out and attend educational seminars and workshops as required by Supervisor.
• Continuously maintain all required educational/position qualifications to fulfill job requirements.
• Maintain good communications with supervisor, technical staff, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, temporary staff and other collaborators within Cornell and at other institutions.

What We Need
  • Master’s Degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics or any related degree in STEM with focus and experience in programming and data analyses, two or more years of related work experience.
  • Ability to understand existing programs and develop new automated programs incorporating ‘Coding Best Practices’.
  • Proven ability to work independently in collecting and summarizing data.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of people, including but not limited to faculty, staff and students, and farm owners and employees.
  • Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University

Rewards and Benefits


We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.

  • Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.
  • Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.

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Further Info:
Cornell University
Department of Animal Science
149 Morrison Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853