Cornell University, CALS Molecular Biology and Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-CALS Molecular Biology and Genetics-ALIPOSTDOC [#24547, WDR-00036066]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Genetics
Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Appl Deadline:2023/05/16 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/03/16, finished 2023/06/15, listed until 2023/09/16)
Position Description:    

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

Academic Job Description 
Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics 
Postdoctoral Associate 
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 
This is a full-time Postdoctoral Associate position in Biology Education in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetic (MBG) at Cornell University. The successful candidate will take a leading role in evaluation and design of new active learning strategies of core biology courses, including but not limited to: BIOMG 1350, BIOMG2800/2801 and BIOMG3300. This individual will (i) work with department faculty to develop, design, and implement active learning techniques in larger courses, participate in the college-wide Active Learning Initiative (ALI) program, including attending weekly ALI fellows’ meetings and facilitating ALI assessments such as surveys and class observations. There will be opportunities for co-teaching, but the Postdoctoral Associate does not teach classes as a sole instructor. 

The Postdoctoral Associate as a member of the Department of MBG, will receive professional mentorship from Department faculty, and will be invited to participate in department activities and events. 

Anticipated Division of Time 
The position responsibilities will be: 
• Attending courses and existing active learning activities (20%) 
• Meeting with instructors in group and individual meeting to discuss strategies for assessing and developing new activities (20%) 
• Designing the activities (20%) 
• Implementing the new activities (20%) 
• Assessing the effectiveness of the implemented methods and activities (20%) 

The position requires a completed Ph.D. degree after 1 September 2018 with a specialization in any area of Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Development. 

Preferred skills include demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion through innovative teaching at the undergraduate level, with a view to making Biology more accessible and effective. As part of the Active Learning Initiative, the position will benefit individuals interested in developing faculty careers including a focus, as well as potential research, on pedagogy. Interest and skills in new classroom technologies and creative approaches to teaching Biology are desirable but not required. 

Supervision Exercised 

To apply: 
Please apply via Academic Jobs Online (

Qualified candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website. 

Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. 

CALS hiring range for this title is $65,000 (University minimum to “Justification Approved Rate”).

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 
Life. Changing. 

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League 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. 

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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
526 Campus Rd
107 Biotechnology Bldg
Ithaca, NY 14853