Assistant/Associate Professor; Horticulture; tenure track, academic year appointment (9-month)
Start Date: July, 2020 or as negotiated
Location: School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture Section, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell AgriTech, Geneva, NY
Position description: The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) at Cornell University (https://sips.cals.cornell.edu) invites applications for a tenure track professorial position (60% Research: 40% Extension) in Horticulture, with emphasis on the Physiology of Fruit Crop Adaptation to Climate Change. A variety of research methods may be employed to address the complexity of plant physiology and environmental interactions with an emphasis on elucidating mechanisms underlying the interaction between fruit crops and climate change. Relevant methods may include whole plant physiological approaches; digital agriculture approaches; as well as molecular and –omics approaches.
The individual is expected to collaborate with genomicists, geneticists, breeders, management researchers, post-harvest physiologists and extension educators to develop or improve practical solutions that maximize fruit-crop quality and production in NY State and beyond in the context of climate change. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, the physiology of dormancy; flower and fruit development; hormonal regulations; responses to elevated carbon dioxide; drought and waterlogging; temperature stress associated with climate change; and crop-environment interactions associated with field and protected agriculture systems. The candidate is expected to develop and direct an externally funded, nationally and internationally recognized research program to support New York State and national fruit crop industries, and to strengthen Cornell's position as a global leader in fruit crop research.
The extension component will focus on developing a vibrant outreach program with national reach designed to educate the fruit crop industry and additional stakeholders on implementable actions for fruit growers to mitigate the risks associated with our changing climate. It is expected that the candidate will collaborate with faculty and extension staff within the Cornell Digital Agriculture Initiative, the Cornell Climate Smart Farming program, and Cornell Cooperative Extension to develop and extend digital tools (such as the deployment of sensor technology, data analytics, and modeled plant responses) for inclusion in a decision-making framework for fruit crop management in a changing climate. There are specific needs for faculty expertise on climate change on the Fruit and Digital Agriculture Program Work Teams.
Competitive sources of funding for research and extension include major national programs and a variety of industry organizations. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in Cornell's Digital Agriculture initiative, as well as the Cornell Climate Smart Farming Program.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in Horticulture, Plant Science, Plant Physiology / Biology, Ecology or related disciplines. The candidate must be able to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural setting and create a collegial professional environment. Qualified applicants are expected to have a record indicating the potential to excel in the research and extension activities described above. Preferred qualifications include postdoctoral studies; grant writing experience; ability to work with a team; and the ability to communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and external stakeholders.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is provided.
Application procedure: Submit as a single PDF file to Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15527) a letter summarizing your background and qualifications, a statement of research accomplishments and interests (3 pages maximum); a statement describing your extension experience, philosophy and interests (2 pages maximum); a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, a detailed curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of four references (letters will be requested after the applications are reviewed). The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who through their work will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the community. Inquiries may be sent to Prof. Bruce Reisch, Search Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org). Initial screening of applications will begin on December 15, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.
Opportunity: The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the Cornell AgriTech campus in Geneva, New York. Located in the heart of a fruit production district just one hour from the Ithaca campus, Cornell AgriTech is reimagining the future of food and agriculture systems through innovative research, technology, and education to improve the health of the people, environment and economy of New York State and beyond. The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) includes internationally renowned faculty with abundant interactions and active teaching, research and extension programs, and provides a unifying framework for the sections of Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil & Crop Sciences. The sections are associated with distinct disciplines and graduate fields, and are increasingly connected by urgent challenges and revolutionary tools relevant to all plant scientists. The Horticulture Section is a vibrant part of SIPS. Members of the section focus on specialty crops, and enjoy close collaborations with local USDA Agricultural Research Service geneticists, pathologists, and germplasm curators; as well as colleagues around the world. The section has a strong extension tradition, and works closely with professionals of Cornell Cooperative Extension. 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 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. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's 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 on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City. SIPS and CALS at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities, and genders. 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. Cornell understands the needs of dual career couples, which it attempts to meet through a Dual Career program and membership in the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, which assists dual career searches. Visit http://www.hercjobs.org/ to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area. Cornell and Ithaca are family-friendly communities: Cornell offers a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options. For more details, see: https://hr.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/documents/family_resources_faculty.pdf.