The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral associate to coordinate a national cover crop breeding network. The position involves work on multiple cover crop species including hairy vetch, winter pea, crimson clover, and cereal rye. Our network targets important traits for cover crop improvement such as early vigor, winter survival, biomass production, flowering time, soft seed in vetch, hard seed in crimson clover, disease resistance in peas, and allelopathy in rye. The successful candidate will analyze data from breeding nurseries and multi-environment trials, manage communication across a large nationwide team, guide protocol development, and assist with fieldwork and data collection associated with the Moore Lab. The candidate will have opportunities to develop independent projects, assist with grant writing, and develop manuscripts from past and future datasets.
Anticipated Division of Time Data analysis and manuscript/grant writing: 50% Project management and communication with collaborators: 30% Fieldwork and data collection: 20%
Term of position This is a full-time (100% FTE) position and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on available work, funding and performance.
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.
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Requirements PhD in plant breeding, agronomy, or closely related field. Experience with programming in R. Ability to work as a team member, excellent time management and organizational skills, interest in project management, excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to work safely in an agricultural environment.
Preferred skills Project management. Analysis of multi-environment data. Experience with ASReml statistical software. Familiarity with cover crops and/or sustainable cropping systems.
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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.