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

Position ID:Cornell-School of Integrative Plant Science – Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics-POSTDOC [#18364, WDR-00025326]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate in Cover Crop Breeding
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Plant Breeding / Cover crops
Appl Deadline: (posted 2021/03/29, updated 2021/03/26, listed until 2021/05/31)
Position Description:    

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School of Integrative Plant Science
Section of Plant Breeding & Genetics
Postdoctoral Associate in Cover Crop Breeding

The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral associate to coordinate a national cover crop breeding network. The position involves work on multiple cover crop species including hairy vetch, winter pea, crimson clover, and cereal rye. Our network targets important traits for cover crop improvement such as early vigor, winter survival, biomass production, flowering time, soft seed in vetch, hard seed in crimson clover, disease resistance in peas, and allelopathy in rye. The successful candidate will analyze data from breeding nurseries and multi-environment trials, manage communication across a large nationwide team, guide protocol development, and assist with fieldwork and data collection associated with the Moore Lab. The candidate will have opportunities to develop independent projects, assist with grant writing, and develop manuscripts from past and future datasets.

Anticipated Division of Time
Data analysis and manuscript/grant writing: 50%

Project management and communication with collaborators: 30%

Fieldwork and data collection: 20%

PhD in plant breeding, agronomy, or closely related field. Experience with programming in R. Ability to work as a team member, excellent time management and organizational skills, interest in project management, excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to work safely in an agricultural environment.

Preferred skills
Project management. Analysis of multi-environment data. Experience with ASReml statistical software. Familiarity with cover crops and/or sustainable cropping systems.

This position may supervise students.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest, research statement, teaching statement, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online at the following link:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected or applications must be submitted by 05/31/2021.  If you have questions about this position, please email

Term of position
This is a full-time (100% FTE) position and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on available work, funding and performance.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.  CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world. 

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

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

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