Cornell University

Assistant Professor - Crop Physiology

Posted on July 3, 2024
Cornell University

Position Overview

Assistant Professor - Crop Physiology

The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Crop Physiology (Controlled Environment Agriculture;CEA) at the Assistant Professor level. Our new colleague will join a Cohort Faculty Hire in Revolutionizing Controlled Environment Agriculture. In addition to this advertised hire, the cohort will include an insect ecologist, a plant pathologist, a CEA engineer, and a food systems economist. The new faculty hires will play an integral role in the design of a planned CALS investment in new CEA facilities.

The CALS Roadmap to 2050 identified Transdisciplinary Moonshots - opportunities for the CALS community to collaborate on future-focused, cross-disciplinary scientific breakthroughs and to align research, education, and extension programs for greater impact and stronger connectivity. The Moonshot areas build upon core strengths in CALS, spanning the agricultural, life, environmental and social sciences, with the goal of recruiting 27 faculty into the college over the next three years. 

The Revolutionizing Controlled Environmental Agriculture cohort will develop productive and sustainable CEA systems that are energy and resource efficient, resistant to biotic and abiotic stressors, and responsive to changing demographics and food markets. Current production of specialty crops is challenged by a myriad of factors, which are amplified by extreme and erratic climatic events that devastate crops and favor the establishment of invasive pests and diseases. CEA is an expanding approach to address climate change and other challenges for crop production. CEA systems, ranging from partially to fully enclosed facilities, have the potential to provide an extended and more stable environment for food production with enhanced protection against extreme weather events, food-borne pathogens, and pests and diseases. 

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Horticulture, the Plant Sciences, or related disciplines with knowledge of CEA crop physiology. A commitment to research and teaching in SIPS and to the development of interdisciplinary team-based research and teaching programs with a collegial atmosphere is essential. Well-qualified applicants are expected to have a demonstrated record of publication and teaching excellence. Preferred qualifications include postdoctoral or industry experience in CEA, the aptitude to work as part of a team, and the skills needed to communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and broader audiences. Previous specific experience working in CEA is not a requirement to apply for this position.

Applications and Starting Date:
The anticipated starting date is Summer 2025, or as negotiated. For the complete list of qualifications, and to apply to the position, please visit: Applications received by September 5, 2024, will be given full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Inquiries may be directed to:
Search chair: Professor Neil Mattson
School of Integrative Plant Science
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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





Preferred Level of Education


How to Apply

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Application deadline: September 5, 2024