Cornell University, Department of Food Science

Position ID:Cornell-Food-JGPOSTDOC [#24599, WDR-00036234]
Position Title: Post Doctoral Associate - Enzyme Engineering
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Food Science / Food Chemistry
Salary Range:$56,484
Appl Deadline:2023/06/20 11:59PMhelp popup** (posted 2023/03/27, listed until 2023/09/27)
Position Description:    

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Post-Doctoral Associate 
Department of Food Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ithaca, NY

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

Applications are sought for a postdoctoral associate position in the Goddard Research Group, Cornell University, Department of Food Sciences, Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Lab.

Position Function  

The postdoctoral associate will conduct research on immobilized enzyme system design for food and agriculture applications, including bioconjugation chemistry, enzyme engineering, expression, purification, and characterization to perform in.  The post-doctoral associate will utilize techniques such as: computational and experimental rational design, plasmid construction, analysis of Sanger and Whole Genome sequence data, transformation of vectors into expression systems, Western blot and other characterization methods of engineered proteins.  The scientist will also design methods to immobilize enzymes and characterize their performance under conditions of intended use.  The scientist is also expected to write manuscripts for publications which detail the findings of the research. The postdoc will be expected to perform in a high-paced, creative, inclusive, and team-oriented research environment.

Anticipated Division of Time

The scientist is expected to spend 100% of their time in enzyme engineering research related to upcycling waste streams and associated lab support activities. The tasks include conducting independent research, leading and advising junior scientists in the lab, writing results into peer-reviewed publications or patent applications, supporting grant writing, and designing new experimental methods.

Supervision Exercised

The scientist will report directly to Professor Goddard and provide support to the current Lab Manager in maintaining a safe, inclusive education environment for lab members, including supporting equipment management and trainings. The scientist will be co-advised in part by our collaborator Professor Nugen.  As part of their day-to-day lab duties, the scientist is expected to supervise and advise a team consisting of graduate and undergraduate students. This supervision includes assistance with protocols, adherence to safety standards, experimental design, execution, and interpretation of results.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in food science, molecular biology, genetics, bioengineering, or similar field.

Additionally, applicants must have:

        Expertise in enzyme & protein engineering

        Demonstrated experience in molecular/synthetic biology

        Demonstrated use of bioinformatics software and molecular biology tools for data analysis and experimental design

        Experience in applications driven protein engineering is strongly preferred

        Excellent written and communication skills

        Ability to conduct independent research in an inclusive, collaborative environment is essential

• Ability to lead a diverse team of graduate and undergraduate students

• Strong publication record

• Experience in grant writing is strongly preferred

Application Materials Required:

Applicants should submit application materials via:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV (including lists of publications) a brief (1-2 pages) description of research interests and qualifications related to this position, contact information (names and email addresses) for academic references (up to 3) and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion


Employer:  Cornell University

Location:  Ithaca, NY

Start Date:  TBD

Application Deadline:  None.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Length of Appointment:  1 year, with subsequent renewals depending on performance and the availability of funds

Time Commitment:  Full time

Contact Information:

Dr. Julie Goddard (, Cornell University Department of Food Sciences, Stocking Hall, Ithaca, NY  14853

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EEO Statement:

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
Department of Food Science
M10 Stocking Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853