Cornell University, Department of Communication

Position ID:Cornell-Department of Communication-POSTDOCASSOC [#11354, WDR-00015388]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate in Risk Communication (Department of Communication); Ithaca, New York
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Communications / health communication
Appl Deadline:2018/11/15* finished (2018/06/28, finished 2019/02/15)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Associate in Risk Communication
Department of Communication
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college. 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.

The Department of Communication is a national leader in the study of communication as a social science, ranked among the top five in a recent poll by the National Research Council. Our faculty and students are dedicated to understanding the role and enhancing the effectiveness of communication processes, systems, and infrastructure in society. We explore communication in its many forms and contexts as a fundamentally social phenomenon. Our faculty members are recognized for developing and applying novel theoretical perspectives to the most pressing social and policy issues of the day.

We are seeking a colleague to join a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. Working closely with Dr. Katherine McComas, the Postdoctoral Associate will be a member of the Risk Communication Research Group, where they will take an active role in assisting and leading risk communication projects, provide guidance and mentorship to graduate students and undergraduates, and help identify possible grant funding opportunities. In addition, the Postdoctoral Associate will be encouraged to develop their own research questions related to the risk communication projects, as well as take advantage of the multitude of internal and external mentoring opportunities Cornell affords to early career students. The position start date is immediate and subject to negotiation.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in communication or related field
  • Working knowledge of prominent risk, science, and health communication theories
  • Strong background in quantitative and qualitative research, including methods of analysis and statistics 
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research
  • Proven record of communicating research results via peer reviewed publications and presentations
  • Willingness to mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate research assistants

This is a full-time position and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (

Qualified applicants should submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a letter of interest providing, including a brief description of how this position relates to their career plans, and (3) the names and contact information of three references

Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Dr. Katherine McComas at

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Life. Changing.

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

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.

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Further Info:
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Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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