Cornell University, Entomology/CALS

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Position ID:Cornell-Entomology/CALS-SARKARIAPROF [#24118, wdr-00034941]
Position Title: Associate/Full Professor tenure track position
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Biology
Appl Deadline:2023/04/30 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/01/09, finished 2024/01/30, listed until 2023/04/30)
Position Description:    

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

Faculty Position Available
Sarkaria Endowed Professorship in Insect Physiology and Toxicology
Department of Entomology, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Position: Associate/Full Professor, Tenure-track

Location:  The academic home for this position is the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, housed on the Ithaca campus of Cornell University.  Ithaca, NY 14853

Position Description and Responsibilities:
The Department of Entomology at Cornell University, dedicated to rigorous scholarship and education with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, invites applications to fill an endowed tenure-track professorship in the broadly defined area of insect physiology and toxicology at the Associate or Full Professor level. Different types of expertise will be considered including, but not limited to, the areas of  neurobiology, neurophysiology, biomechanics, molecular and cellular biology, endocrinology, nutrition, metabolism, reproduction, development, toxicology, immunology and/or pathogenesis, in insects or closely related arthropods. The successful candidate will be physically located at Cornell University in the Department of Entomology, Ithaca, NY. This full-time position involves 60% research and 40% teaching responsibilities on a 9-month academic year basis. 

The Department seeks a collaborative individual who will complement expertise in the Department of Entomology as well as across the Cornell campus and community, and the successful applicant will work broadly with other scientists at Cornell. Strongest consideration will be given to scholars with demonstrated leadership in an internationally recognized research program, and a track record showing sustained commitment to teaching. The successful applicant will contribute to the Entomology undergraduate course curriculum, and will contribute a stage-appropriate level of service to the department, college, university, and field. We enthusiastically seek applications from candidates of all backgrounds, particularly those who are under-represented in science and engineering fields. We have a vibrant departmental culture that values inclusion, diversity, equity, and integrity. This endowed professorship comes with an annual fund for the support of research.

Research (60%) – Outstanding research scholarship is expected, as the successful applicant will lead an internationally recognized research program in insect physiology and toxicology. The successful applicant will be expected to maintain a well-funded research program through agencies such as NIH, NSF, and/or USDA grants and may seek support from other federal agencies, public and private foundations, and/or the private sector. The candidate will develop the field of insect physiology and toxicology at Cornell through community building and collaborations with researchers involved in multiple aspects of insect physiology and toxicology. Excellence in and commitment to training graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and providing research opportunities for undergraduate students, is also expected.

Teaching (40%) – The successful candidate will be responsible for co-teaching Insect Physiology [ENTOM 4830, lecture and lab] and/or related courses. Insect Physiology is taught every other year and is an integral part of the department’s core curriculum. In addition, the successful candidate may develop a course in their area of expertise to be offered on alternate years and could have the option to contribute to major service courses such as Insect Biology [ENTOM 2120] or Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology [BIOG 1440]. 

Mentoring – We anticipate that the successful candidate will mentor graduate students, postdocs, undergraduates, and staff in their lab. The candidate will be responsible for establishing an inclusive, equitable, and productive working environment, and respectful mentor-mentee relationships.  

Service – There is an expectation for the candidate to be engaged in professional societies as well as activities and leadership roles in the Department of Entomology, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Cornell more broadly.

A Ph.D. in molecular biology, entomology, or a related discipline with a background appropriate to the development of the research, teaching, and mentoring programs described above is required. A commitment to insect physiology and toxicology and to the development of a multidisciplinary team-based research program is essential.

Applications and Starting Date:  The anticipated starting date is July 2023 or as negotiated.  Qualified applicants should submit 1) a cover letter briefly summarizing the candidate’s background, qualifications, and interest in the position, 2) a Curriculum Vitae, 3) a research statement (3-page maximum) outlining past accomplishments, interests, and goals, 4) a teaching statement (2-page maximum) outlining experience, interests, and goals, 5) a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (2-page maximum) outlining how, through research, teaching, extension, mentoring, and/or service, the candidate has and will continue to contribute to support Cornell’s mission of “any person … any study,” 6) copies of four relevant publications, and 7) names and contact information of three references. Materials should be submitted online to:   Applications will be reviewed starting March 15, 2023 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Inquiries may be directed to:
Dr. Nicolas Buchon
Department of Entomology
Cornell Institute of Host Microbe Interactions and Disease
5124 Comstock Hall, 14853 Ithaca, NY, USA

Department Affiliation: The successful candidate will be a faculty member of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and will be based in the Department of Entomology with office and laboratory located in Ithaca, NY. 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University is engaged in pioneering pursuit of inclusive, purpose-driven science. As Cornell University’s second largest college, with discovery for impact at its core, we work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through equitable, 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. 

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches including positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus in Ithaca, New York. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League and Land-grant university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Cornell's regional and global presence includes state-wide Cornell Cooperative Extension programs and offices in all counties and boroughs, global partnerships with institutions and communities engaged in life-changing research and education, the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, and the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts and retains persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law. 

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

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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:
email address
2126 Comstock Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853