Post Doctoral Associate in Integrative Plant Science
Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
United States

Post Doctoral Associate

Cornell University- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science

Cornell AgriTech, Cornell University Geneva, New York

Postdoctoral Associate Position

The College of Agriculture and Life Science is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college.  We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach.  The questions we prove 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.

We are seeking an individual who will collaborate with a team including grapevine breeders, molecular and quantitative geneticists, bioinformaticians, and computer programmers to develop strategies to integrate existing genotyping methodologies and other genomic tools into practice for the purpose of grapevine breeding and genetic studies. The successful candidate will be able to analyze large-scale genotyping data (from Genotyping-by-Sequencing, Amplicon Sequencing, Illumina resequencing, and/or PacBio de novo sequencing) and trait data generated from this project, collaborate with breeders to apply a marker-assisted breeding strategy, and lead the development of peer-reviewed publications.

Responsibilities will include genetic map construction, QTL data analysis, statistical analysis, and related areas. There will be good opportunities to improve data analysis skills and gain experience on large-scale biological data analysis by learning from and cooperating with a team having expertise in both genomic research and real-world breeding practices.  The candidate will receive frequent guidance and support from the Cornell University Grape Breeding Program, as well as the USDA-ARS Grape Genetics Research Unit and the Computational Biology Service Unit. 

Anticipated Division of Time

  • Complete statistical analysis of traits, genetic map construction, and marker-trait association analyses: 25%
  • Identify candidate genes under QTL by integrating biological knowledge with genetic analysis and genomic data (genome assemblies, shotgun sequence, or RNASeq) of relevant wild Vitis: 20%
  • Develop and validate DNA markers for implementation in grape breeding programs: 15%
  • Write manuscripts to publish these and existing results: 40%


The applicant will have a Ph.D. in population genetics, plant breeding, plant genomics, bioinformatics, or a related field. Good statistical data analysis skills are required. Research experience in plant breeding or population genetics or bioinformatics is preferred. Preference will be given to those already showing outstanding leadership, demonstrated maturity, and organizational skills. With a large team approach to this project, good communication skills (verbal and written) are also valued.

Supervision Exercised

At present, there are no plans for supervision of technical staff and/or students.  However, it will be important to work together with other technical staff and students involved in the project.  There are possibilities to supervise temporary support personnel and/or summer student interns.


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

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Application Procedure:

Submit as a single PDF file to Academic Jobs Online a letter summarizing your background and qualifications; a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion; a detailed curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of four references. The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who through their work will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the community.  

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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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