Cornell University, Section of Horticulture - Geneva

Position ID:Cornell-Section of Horticulture - Geneva-PD [#22841, WDR-00033496]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Geneva, New York 14456, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Horticulture
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2022/09/19)
Position Description:   URMs  

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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University embraces diversity and strongly encourages individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. 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.

We are seeking a motivated individual who has a strong research background in plant molecular biology and genetics to characterize and edit apple genes of great horticultural and economic importance.

Major responsibilities will include:

1) Conducting experiments to characterize apple genes, such as genetic marker analysis, gene expression, gene subcellular localization, protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions, promoter assays, and others; 2) Working closely with an apple transformation specialist to design and construct CRISPR/CAS constructs to edit apple genes. 3) Quantifying apple tree growth and fruit quality in greenhouse and/or orchard; 4) Analyzing data and drafting manuscript for peer-reviewed publications; 5) Supervising seasonal undergraduate researchers.

The position is available immediately. The initial appointment of the position will be for one year and renewable depending on performance and funding.

Anticipated Division of Time:

In accordance with the five responsibilities listed above, the successful candidate is expected to devote his/her time as follows: • Responsibility 1): 40% • Responsibility 2): 10% • Responsibility 3): 5% • Responsibility 4): 40% • Responsibility 5): 5%


Ph.D. in plant biology, genetics, or related field. Research experience in model plant systems is desirable. Must be able to work independently, devise appropriate hypotheses and experiments, and learn new skills as appropriate. Strong writing and communication skills are favored. Preference will be given to those already showing outstanding leadership, demonstrated maturity, and organizational skills.

Application Procedure:

How to apply: Interested candidates should apply online at Academic Jobs Online at with a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion and names and contact information for three references. The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who through their work will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the community. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
Dr. Kenong Xu
Cornell AgriTech
Horticulture Section
102 Hedrick Hall
Geneva, New York 14456