School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics-SIPS [#7477]
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Plant Science
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2016/07/11, listed until 2017/03/01)
Position Description:    

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

Faculty Position in Quantitative Genetics, School of Integrative Plant Science, Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University is seeking applicants for a 9-month tenure-track position at the level of Assistant/Associate Professor in Quantitative Genetics in the Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics, with research and teaching responsibilities. The successful candidate will conduct innovative, externally funded, and collaborative research on quantitative methods, statistical modeling, and optimization applied to plant breeding. Research outcomes should include new computational, systems biology, machine learning, and/or combinatorics tools to enable the improvement of genetic stocks, germplasm, or varieties. Collaboration with other faculty on analysis and selection in crops and model organisms is expected. The successful candidate will teach courses in quantitative methods to meet the needs of plant breeders and others in a data-driven era and guide graduate student research and learning in plant breeding, genetics, biological statistics, and computational biology. This position is 70% research and 30% teaching.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Plant Breeding, Plant Biology, Genetics, Statistical Genomics, Computational Biology, or related discipline, demonstrated ability to excel in a multi-disciplinary and multi- cultural setting, and an excellent publication record are required. Ph.D. in Animal Breeding or Animal Genetics also possible, contingent on candidate motivation to reach across kingdoms. 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 at Academic Jobs Online, Application review begins on October 1, 2016. Questions about the position can be addressed to Search Committee Chair, Professor Walter De Jong (

ABOUT CORNELL: 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 Breeding and Genetics 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 computational biology, and genetics. For more information about the position, SIPS, and the Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics, visit

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Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Plant Breeding and Genetis Section
School of Integrative Plant Science
240 Emerson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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