Cornell University, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Position ID:Cornell-ChemE-POSTDOC [#25930, WDR-00040525]
Position Title: A postdoc research position is available in the Laboratory of Dr. Sijin Li at the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Appl Deadline: (posted 2023/09/26, listed until 2024/05/31)
Position Description:    

Community: The Li Lab is interested in elucidating complex plant natural product biosynthetic pathways and developing genetic circuits using synthetic biology in yeast and plants. The lab uses a combination of synthetic biology, molecular biology, plant biochemistry, metabolic engineering, and multi-omics approaches. In the Li Lab, we are committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment where all lab members can thrive. We are a highly collaborative group. We work closely with engineers and plant scientists to understand the complicated plant metabolism using engineering approaches. Several of our projects are funded through the National Institutes of Health, Cornell’s Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA:, the NSF Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS:, and Cornell’s Center for Technology Licensing. The postdoctoral scholar will be encouraged to engage in cross-disciplinary research through these communities. 

Skills: Prior experience with yeast is not required. The postdoc scholar will be responsible for designing independent, hypothesis-driven projects at the interface of synthetic biology and plant sciences. The candidate is expected to contribute to a productive group setting and demonstrate the capacity to take on challenging questions, acquire new research skills, and follow through with proposed projects. The postdoctoral scholar is expected to present their results through the preparation and publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts and by presenting at local and internationally-recognized conferences. The ideal candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: synthetic biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, plant specialized metabolism, genomics, or related fields. 

The hiring offer range for this position is $56,484 to $80,000 depending on education, experience, discipline, and relevant skills. The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering a variety of criteria, including prior relevant work, qualifications, and unique applicable skills.

 The position will remain open until filled. The start date is flexible, and current Ph.D. students who are nearing graduation are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send a single PDF that includes: a research statement, CV, and contact information for three references to The research statement should clearly describe research interests, as well as skills that the candidate has to offer and skills/training experiences
 that they would like to acquire during their tenure as a postdoctoral scholar. A competitive salary commensurate with experience and skills, as well as a generous benefits package will be offered. For full consideration, please apply or contact Dr. Sijin Li by January 31, 2024

To apply, application materials must be submitted online at 

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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.

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Further Info:
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Cornell University
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Ithaca, NY 14853