Cornell University, Department of Food Science

Position ID:Cornell-Food-PA [#18300, WDR-00025183]
Position Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Food Safety / Food Safety
Molecular Biology / Molecular Biology
Appl Deadline:2021/07/02 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/03/12, finished 2021/07/07, listed until 2021/07/02)
Position Description:    

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Post-Doctoral Associate 
(microbial food safety, genomics and molecular biology)
Department of Food Science 
Ithaca, NY

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. 

Position Function 
The Department of Food Science at Cornell University is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate who will be responsible for experiment implementation and data analysis as part of multi-year research at the intersection of microbial food safety, genomics, and molecular biology. The post-doc should be an experienced scientist motivated by the opportunity for independent as well as collaborative research experiences that improve our understanding in the areas of microbiology of the built environment, sustainability in food production, and antimicrobial resistance. The ideal candidate will have strong bioinformatics skills who is capable of applying the principles of bacterial and fungal genomics to the problems of complex food systems. The individual will be required to lead Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data analysis in the Linux/Unix environment and should have experience with programs such as R and/or coding in scripting languages such as Python or Perl. In addition, the post-doc will be responsible for maintaining documentation of all code and pipelines developed. Related skills could include experience in microbial evolution, metagenomics, or comparative omics approaches. 

Anticipated Division of Time
The post-doc will be required to perform experiments (wet work), data analysis, and participate in project leadership in the development of novel technologies for use in food production. Experiences include stakeholder engagement and translation of research findings and tools for diverse end-users. This individual will utilize multiple techniques in computational biology; perform comparative taxonomic and functional analyses; develop applications of metagenomic tools relevant to the food industry; and coordinate among other graduate students, industry advisors, and collaborating labs to facilitate the completion of research objectives. The ideal candidate will also have experience with standard molecular biology techniques, including NGS library preparation

The successful post-doc applicant will be required to hold, at the point of hire, a Ph.D. in food science, genomics, microbial ecology, or biostatistics. The start date is negotiable but anticipated to be between May 1 and August 1, 2021. 

Supervision Exercised
This research is designed to be performed by one post-doc with the help of one graduate or undergraduate student. The post-doc will be supervised by Dr. Abby Snyder. Research supervision will include individual meetings with the project PI and group meetings with the entire lab. Annual participation in the project directors meeting and/or annual research conference is expected. Monthly progress summaries will be used to clarify project direction and goals.

Application Instructions: 
Interested applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest, research statement, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected. Application review will begin on April 19th and continue until the position is filled.

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Further Info:
Department of Food Science
M10 Stocking Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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