Cornell University

Assistant/Associate Professor, Horticulture

School of Integrative Plant Science

The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) at Cornell University ( 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.

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 sta 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.

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.

Application procedure: Submit as a single PDF file to Academic Jobs Online at 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 ( Initial screening of applications will begin on December 15, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

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.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity a rmative action educator and employer.

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Last updated: 2020-01-03