Free open Job in North, South & Central America Assistant/Associate Professor, Breeding for Sustainable Cropping Systems at Cornell University

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will lead a breeding and genetics program in sustainable cropping systems with a domestic or international focus and will be expected to develop an externally funded research program, release improved cultivars, and contribute to graduate and undergraduate training. A potential concentration on alfalfa and other high-quality forage crops critical for New York’s prominent dairy industry would leverage the legacy of Cornell’s world class forage breeding program and germplasm collections. Many of these crops have polyploid genetics, an area that merits further exploration in research and teaching. Teaching expectations include the responsibility to deliver an existing course, PLBRG 4030 Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants, and to create another course of the candidate’s choosing, in consultation with the chair. This position has a 60:40 research and teaching responsibility.

Abundant opportunities exist to collaborate with Cornell’s Initiative for Digital Agriculture ( and partner with colleagues having expertise in genomics, robotics, high throughout phenotyping, genomic selection strategies, metagenomics, animal nutrition, and microbiome research.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. is required in plant breeding, plant genetics/genomics or plant molecular biology or related discipline. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with other researchers in interdisciplinary inquiry, attract extramural support and lead an innovative research/ breeding program. Postdoctoral and/or other relevant experience is desirable, with experience preferred in relevant teaching, student advising, and research. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

Applications: Candidates are requested to submit a letter of application, detailed resume, research and teaching statements, copies of university transcripts, copies of one or two publications, a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion: and names and contact information for three references via the ‘Apply’ button above. Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values at Cornell, and we are committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community. The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who through their research, teaching or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the community.

Review of applications will commence February 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to search committee chair Mark E. Sorrells ( or Amy Collins (240 Emerson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-1901;

Opportunity: 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. The sections are associated with distinct disciplines and graduate fields and are increasingly connected by urgent challenges and revolutionary tools relevant to all plant scientists.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 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. 

Cornell University is an equal opportunity affirmative action educator and employer.