School of Integrative Plant Science - Section of Plant Biology, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-PlantBiology-SIPSPB [#5922]
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Plant Science
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2015/08/21, finished 2016/07/27)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

POSITION: The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University is seeking applicants for a 9‐month tenure‐track position in Plant Metabolomics with an expected primary affiliation in the Section of Plant Biology and with research and teaching responsibilities at the level of Assistant/Associate Professor. The successful candidate will develop an internationally-recognized and well-funded research program in Plant Metabolomics that leverages technological innovation and high-resolution instrumentation to elucidate metabolic pathways and identify critical plant primary or secondary compounds. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: (1) identification of metabolic networks, evaluation of metabolic flux and regulatory control points, and integration of such information in a ‘systems’ context; (2) the phylogenetic diversity of plant primary and secondary compounds; (3) plant metabolites in an environmental and ecological context, e.g. in relation to biotic or abiotic stress; and (4) the potential for utilization of such compounds in biomedicinal or nutraceutical applications or for the improvement of crops. The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate course and develop a graduate-level course in Plant Metabolomics.  This position will be 60% research and 40% teaching. 

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Biology, Plant Biology, Chemistry, Biophysics, or related disciplines. The candidate must be able to work in a multi‐disciplinary and multi‐cultural setting. Well‐qualified applicants are expected to have a demonstrated record of publication excellence. Preferred qualifications include postdoctoral experience, successful collaborative experience, and ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups, including students, colleagues, and external stakeholders. 


ACADEMIC RANK AND SALARY: Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure track) with salary competitive with peer institutions and commensurate with background and experience.

APPLICATIONS: Electronically submit a curriculum vitae, a research plan (2-3 pages) and teaching interests (1 page). In addition, applicants must arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted concurrently with the other application materials. Application review begins on October 9, 2015. Questions about the position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Klaas van Wijk (

ABOUT CORNELL & ITHACA: The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus of Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York. The Section of Plant Biology is part of Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), a large internationally renowned group of academics with many interactions and joint projects.  Members of the section also collaborate with colleagues in the life sciences and the Division of Nutritional Sciences.  For more information about the position, SIPS, and the Section of Plant Biology, visit

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
Plant Biology Section
School of Integrative Plant Science
412 Mann Library Building
Cornell University
Ithaca NY 14853

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