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Postdoctoral Associate in Barley Breeding and Pathology | School of Integrative Plant Science, CALS

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Postdoctoral Associate in Barley Breeding and Pathology | School of Integrative Plant Science, CALS

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Postdoctoral Associate in Barley Breeding and Pathology
School of Integrative Plant Science

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
We are searching for a Postdoctoral (PhD level) Research Associate to lead a project on the breeding and genetics of malting barley. The project will involve developing improved varieties using marker assisted selection for resistance to scald, Fusarium head blight and possibly other diseases. We are looking for a candidate familiar with molecular genetics, plant pathology and phenotypic evaluations. Skills in plant molecular biology, breeding and pathology are a plus. Good oral and written communication skills and a collaborative attitude are essential. This is for at least one year with additional years dependent on funding. This project is funded by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the USDA Barley Pest Initiative, and the position is available immediately.

The Sorrells (https://cals.cornell.edu/mark-earl-sorrells ) research program utilizes appropriate technologies encompassing molecular genetics, physiology, pathology, and breeding to research strategies that contribute to the development of superior crop varieties for both conventional and organic cropping systems.  We have an active field breeding program that develops small grains varieties for the northeastern U.S. and a large well-equipped research laboratory.

The Bergstrom (https://cals.cornell.edu/gary-carlton-bergstrom ) research program is well equipped for diagnosis of crop diseases, microscopic and molecular characterization of pathogen isolates, and inoculum production of pathogens for plant inoculation.

The successful candidate will plan, design, and conduct barley crosses to generate breeding populations segregating for disease resistance that can lead to new varieties. The candidate should be familiar with breeding methods for disease resistance, variety development and be able to manage a large volume of materials with careful record keeping. The candidate will evaluate breeding lines in greenhouse and field experiments, generate and analyze the data and contribute to the writing of manuscripts, grant reports and future grant applications.

This is a full-time (100% FTE) position and will be located in Ithaca, NY. The initial appointment is for a one-year term with extension contingent on funding and successful performance. Applicants should send a letter outlining their interest in the position along with a CV and contact information for potential references to  Mark Sorrells <mes12@cornell.edu > and Gary Bergstrom .

Anticipated Division of Time

  • 45% malting barley breeding
  • 45% malting barley diseases
  • 5% Grant proposal writing
    Individually and collaboratively explore and pursue new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend research and extension program opportunities.
  • 5% Professional Development
    Participate in professional development opportunities, conferences and workshops appropriate to program and personal skill enhancement. This includes opportunities for professional development in the areas of equity and inclusion offered through CALS, and Cornell University.
  • Participate in related regional, statewide, and national professional organizations as appropriate.

Requirements
PhD in Plant Breeding or Plant Pathology

Supervision Exercised
This position may supervise students.

This is appointment is renewable contingent on performance, funding and available work.

Applications To apply:
Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion  via the website https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22315 .


All application materials must be received by close of business on September 19, 2022.

Employment Assistance:

For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting or email mycareer@cornell.edu .

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX at voice (607) 255-2242, or email at equity@cornell.edu .

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

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EEO Statement:

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. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. 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.

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