Cornell University, CVM Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-PMDS-HEUPOST [#26903, WDR-00042024]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate in Dairy Science and Veterinary Medicine
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Dairy Production
Veterinary Medicine
Appl Deadline:2024/03/05 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/12/19, finished 2024/03/26, listed until 2024/03/05)
Position Description:   URMs  

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            Postdoctoral Associate in Dairy Science and Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Wolfgang Heuwieser’s Laboratory
Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University is recognized internationally as a leader in public health, biomedical research, animal medicine, and veterinary medical education. Ranked consistently as one of the best veterinary colleges in the nation, the College's strength is due to its strategic breadth of focus areas and its depth of expertise in each of those areas; the achievements of its faculty, staff, alumni, and students; and its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

The laboratory of Dr. Heuwieser, Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS) within the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, is seeking highly motivated Postdoctoral Associate candidates. The successful candidate will work on projects focusing on the optimization of the milking process in dairy cows particularly considering the impact of dairy employees on udder health.

In this applied program, we aim to support science-based creation and on-farm implementation of innovative online training approaches in English and Spanish for dairy employees (Learning and Development) with emphasis on best practices that improve udder health and animal welfare. The successful candidate will be working on a collaborative project and interact with the QMPS group as well as with producers and dairy farm employees.

The successful candidate will design and implement research projects related to factors that influence the effectiveness of innovative online training modules for dairy employees considering diverse backgrounds. Also, current on-farm training and dairy education initiatives will be studied.

Most of the effort will be spent on developing science-based and contextual training strategies and microlearning modules, monitoring relevant outcomes, and associated data collection and analysis. A data-driven approach will be implemented to conduct sound research on learning and development of dairy employees and the impact on optimizing the milking process and udder health on dairy farms and to improve future training materials science-based.

The candidate will design, coordinate, and perform field studies and prepare manuscripts for high impact scientific journals and will have opportunities to present and publish scholarly work at local, national, and international venues. This position will work closely with faculty in the Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA) and is available immediately.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in dairy cattle research, including milking management, milker training in English and Spanish, data collection, analysis and effective presentation/publication of research findings. A DVM and/or post-graduate degree (PhD or equivalent) in veterinary, animal, biological science or related field is required.

Postdoctoral Associates receive competitive salaries according to the Cornell University Postdoctoral Associate stipend system which follows the National Institutes of Health Fellowship and Training Stipend Levels. Start date is negotiable; the position has an initial duration of one-year with potential extension based on performance, productivity and funding.

The position will require some work with cattle at the dairy units of Cornell University and commercial dairy farms in the upstate New York region. Ideally, the candidate should feel comfortable conducting basic handling work with large animals in a dairy farm setting and communicating with dairy employees. The ideal candidate will enjoy working and communicating with a multi-disciplinary team of academics, clinical experts, and students at Cornell University.

This position will require a passion for visual design, continuing education, online training and attention to detail, leadership abilities, and problem-solving skills. Strong interest in state-of-the-art training technologies, aspects of the scientific study process is required and possibilities exist at Cornell University to pursue further training in research, teaching, and communication skills. Previous experience with standard laboratory methods is not necessary. Candidates must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills (both in English and ideally in Spanish) to work effectively in our team, as well as a willingness to learn new methods and techniques as the projects evolve. The successful candidate will work on this project together with other members of the QMPS group, the 3 regional QMPS labs as well as collaborate with personnel across Cornell University and beyond.

Pay Range:

$56,484.00 - $80,000.00

Informal inquiries regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Wolfgang Heuwieser ( To apply visit and submit a cover letter describing your background, interests and career goals, full curriculum vitae, and contact information of three professional references. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the position will remain open until filled.

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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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Ithaca, NY 14853