Cornell University: Assistant/Associate Professor, Grape Disease Ecology and Epidemiology

School of Integrative Plant Science
Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Cornell University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor; Grape Disease Ecology and Epidemiology; tenure-track, academic year appointment (9-month).

Named Appointment: For the first five years of the incumbent’s term, this faculty position will carry the distinction as the Susan Eckert Lynch Faculty Fellow. At Cornell, appointments at the rank of Assistant and Associate Professor are made initially for 3 or 5 years, respectively.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop an internationally recognized research (60%) and extension (40%) program focused on generating and disseminating knowledge concerning the biology, ecology, and management of grapevine diseases. The primary programmatic focus should be on fungal diseases important to the commercial grape industry of New York and surrounding regions, although additional cooperative work on relevant diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, or other agents would be appropriate also. It is expected that research program output will increase our basic understanding of various factors impacting the development of grapevine diseases and the tools used for their control, thereby providing a foundation for the development of improved management programs. Appropriate disciplinary specialties of the successful applicant include but are not limited to infection biology, population genetics, genome biology, host-pathogen interactions, epidemiology, disease modeling, integrated pest management and sustainability. An ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes other plant pathologists, viticulturists, plant breeders, entomologists, economists, and enologists is required. In the extension function, the successful applicant will assume leadership of Cornell’s outreach program in grape pathology, maintaining its integration within the larger, interdisciplinary Viticulture and Enology extension program. A dedication to providing practical, science-based information on disease diagnosis and sustainable management programs is essential, as is an ability to work with a diverse range of colleagues and stakeholders, including growers, extension educators, private-sector advisors, agrichemical and other industry support personnel, government regulators, and the general public. Good communication skills, both oral and written, are required, as modern extension programs rely on varied media for content delivery. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute lectures on plant pathology topics in an interdisciplinary, team-taught undergraduate course in Grape Pest Management, currently offered one semester each year.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, mycology, genetics, ecology or a closely related discipline. Experience in research, as demonstrated by publication in peer-reviewed journals, is required and prior experience in extension or stakeholder engagement is preferred. Ability to communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and external stakeholders is critical.

Application procedure: A letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research goals and plans, reprints of selected papers, transcripts, and the names of three references may be submitted via academic jobs online at Questions related to the position may be directed to Dr. Marc Fuchs, Search Committee Chair at [email protected].

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

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last updated 23-Nov-2017