Cornell University, BEE/CALS

Position ID:Cornell-BEE/CALS-BESE [#14806, WDR-00016920]
Position Title: Biological and Environmental Systems Engineering Assistant Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Environmental Engineering
Digital Agriculture
Energy systems engineering
Systems Engineering
Food Production Systems (more...)
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/09/25, finished 2021/03/18, listed until 2020/05/25)
Position Description:    

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Faculty Position Available in

Biological and Environmental Systems Engineering

Cornell University

Position: Assistant Professor, Tenure-track.

Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5701. The academic home for this position is the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Position Description and Responsibilities:

The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) at Cornell University seeks candidates for a tenure-track position aimed at developing a nationally recognized research and teaching program in systems-based methods with broad application to interconnected biological and environmental systems.  This position has a balanced effort between research (50%) and teaching (50%) on a 9-month academic year basis.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in leveraging interdisciplinary quantitative systems engineering and analysis, and interest in novel applications relevant to the mission of the BEE Department and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. We are especially interested in candidates who have demonstrated expertise in investigating interconnected biological and/or environmental systems and will interact widely with colleagues in our department and across the university to build an understanding of the multiple trade-offs and competing objectives that may be present at the systems nexus.  

The successful candidate will establish an innovative, high-profile research program that addresses critical problems of society today. Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to, sustainable agriculture and/or food systems, food safety and security, and interconnected systems of food/agriculture, energy, water, and climate.

This is one of six positions generated as part of the digital agriculture initiative in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, and offers exciting opportunities to link with the ongoing activities of the Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA).

The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding to support a research program from sources such as NSF, USDA, DOD, DOE and other related federal sponsors, New York State agricultural research funding sources, and commodity boards. The successful candidate will also be expected to collaborate effectively in transdisciplinary projects with faculty in other departments and centers, which could include Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Cornell Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell Energy Systems Institute and the CIDA, as appropriate. In addition, departmental, college, and university committee service will be expected.

Teaching responsibilities will include two courses that integrate a biological and/or environmental perspective into engineering, with one focusing specifically on systems engineering for biological and/or environmental engineers at the undergraduate level. The second course will be negotiated with the candidate upon arriving at Cornell.  Advising undergraduate students and mentoring postdocs and graduate students is also expected.  This individual would contribute to our biological engineering BS program but would also be open to participating in our environmental engineering BS program and CALS initiatives in Environmental Science and Sustainability.


A Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline is required with demonstrated capability and success in developing research and teaching programs at the interface of engineering and biological and/or environmental sciences.  A strong background in engineering and a background in biological/environmental systems is required. An engineering degree is preferred.

We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, particularly those who are under-represented in science and engineering today. We have a vibrant departmental culture that values inclusion, diversity, honor and integrity.

Applications and Starting Date:  Anticipated starting date is July 2020 or as negotiated.  Applications include a CV, cover letter, statements of research and teaching interests, copies of four relevant publications, a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, three reference letters, and unofficial transcripts. Materials should be submitted online at: Applications will be reviewed starting November 2019 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 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.

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit  to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus in Ithaca, New York.  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 and Ithaca are family-friendly communities: Cornell has a comprehensive set of policies, services and benefits to help you and your family to feel welcome here, to support your well-being, and to support you in caring for your family. Visit the Family Life Resources website for more details.

Cornell's global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities, and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities and genders.

Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: 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. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. 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.

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:
106 Riley-Robb Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca NY 14853