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

Position ID:Cornell-PlantBiology-SIPSPHYLO [#7552]
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor - Plant Biodiversity/Phylodiversity
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Plant Science
Plant Biology
Appl Deadline:2017/03/01help popup finished (2016/07/29, finished 2017/06/02)
Position Description:    

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

POSITION: The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University ( ) invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Plant Biodiversity/Phylodiversity, with an emphasis on global-level studies. The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally-recognized and well-funded research program that integrates knowledge obtained utilizing various experimental and computational approaches and/or collection based data to the study of plant biodiversity, including phylogenetics, molecular genetics, bioinformatics, and environmental niche modeling. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to, species- and clade-level response to environmental and biotic factors, especially in the context of global climate change; the role of climate/environment in the generation, maintenance, or degradation of plant biodiversity; the role of phylogenetic pattern in plant evolutionary response to the environment; and development of models or computational methodologies using distributional, genomic, or geologic metadata.  An ability to leverage existing strengths at Cornell, including Cornell’s extensive collections, and a willingness to engage in collaborations with Plant Science faculty is essential. The successful candidate will be involved in teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. This position will be 60% research and 40% teaching. 

Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Biology, Plant Biology, Bioinformatics, or related disciplines. The candidate must be able to work in a multi‐disciplinary and multi‐cultural setting and create a collegial professional environment. Well‐qualified applicants are expected to have a demonstrated record of publication excellence, and preferred qualifications include postdoctoral experience, ability to work with a team, and ability to communicate effectively with 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 cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, university transcripts, and copies of up to three publications.  In addition, applicants must arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted concurrently with the other application materials. Application review begins on November 30, 2016. Questions about the position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Kevin Nixon (

ABOUT CORNELL & ITHACAThe new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus of Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York. The primary association would likely be with the Section of Plant Biology, part of Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), a large internationally renowned group of academics with abundant interactions and joint projects.  Members of the section also have abundant collaborations 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

Cornell comprises a varied array of academic units from music and literature to astrophysics and veterinary medicine and is a member of the Ivy League. The main campus of Cornell University, which overlooks 40-mile-long Cayuga Lake, is located in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, a scenic environment of spectacular lakes, waterfalls, gorges, rolling hills, farmland, vineyards, and state parks. It is an area with outstanding recreational and summer and winter sports opportunities for individuals and families. The Cornell campus itself is one of the most beautiful in the country. The Ithaca community is culturally diverse with excellent theater, music, sports, and other activities befitting a major university town, yet also has the warmth and friendliness of a small community. The area is known for its many bookstores and restaurants, an extensive walking trail system, arboretum, Laboratory of Ornithology, marina, Farmers Market, a hands-on Science Center, and art and science museums. For more information and links to individual attractions, visit

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement.

Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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:
Plant Biology Section
School of Integrative Plant Science
412 Mann Library Building
Cornell University
Ithaca NY 14853

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