Cornell University Seeks Associate Professor in Horticulture

Posted on January 4, 2023
Cornell University Seeks Associate Professor in Horticulture
Position Title:
Associate Professor
Position Summary

The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University invites applications for a tenure track professorial position (70% Research: 30% Extension) in Horticulture, with emphasis on Grapevine Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics. A variety of research methods may be employed to address the complexity of grapevine genetics and environmental interactions focusing on the development of cultivars adapted to production in cool and cold climates and with reduced chemical inputs. The incumbent will have the unique opportunity to utilize our established and active grape breeding program and recent advances in genetics, genomics, phenomics, bioinformatics, and data management to further the science of grapevine improvement. Located in the world-renowned Finger Lakes wine region, Cornell AgriTech is a nexus for translational research, where opportunity abounds for collaboration on the utilization of germplasm, fruit and wine quality improvement, bioinformatics tools, abiotic and biotic stress resistance, and related topics. Research areas may include but are not limited to the genetics and genomics of biotic and abiotic stress resistance, fruit quality traits, vine architecture, crop load/yield, fruit ripening and other traits related to wine and fresh market grapevine improvement. This position will be one of the first to benefit from the new, state-of-the-art USDA-ARS National Grape Improvement Laboratory under development at AgriTech that will support important breakthroughs arising from research collaborations among the USDA scientists, Cornell scientists and others to benefit the wine and grape industries. The faculty member will also have the opportunity to be a part of the strategic vision for the future of CALS as the college executes a dynamic plan for Transdisciplinary Moonshot initiatives for cohort-based hirings to guide strategic research and collaboration into the future.


The faculty member will contribute to our culture of academic service and join a dynamic faculty to recruit and mentor a diverse team of graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and visiting scientists in an inclusive and equitable advising environment. They will develop and lead an externally funded, nationally and internationally recognized research program in support of the grape industries across New York State. Through an active research program, the faculty member will strengthen Cornell’s position as a global leader in grapevine genetics, genomics, and cultivar development, contribute to improving farm sustainability and resilience to climate change, and support the economic growth of grape related enterprises in New York and beyond.

The faculty member will develop a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable outreach program with a national reach to deliver implementable actions to the viticulture and enology industry and related audiences to optimize production of cultivars suited to cool and cold climate regions. Extension efforts will include education of policy makers and industry stakeholders on the use of genetics as a tool to enhance farm sustainability and profitability and organizing and delivering resources and expertise regarding grape cultivar characteristics and best practices to growers. The faculty member will drive successful partnerships to support programmatic goals, such as with colleagues based in the Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA), the Cornell Climate Smart Farming program, and Cornell Cooperative Extension regarding grape cultivars and potential for production in cool and cold climate viticulture. The faculty member will liaise with the Viticulture and Enology Program Work Team and regional extension teams to deliver successful programming to appropriate audiences.

Cornell, CALS, SIPS and AgriTech partner to actively advance diversity, equity and inclusion holistically, including through our research and extension programs and recruitment. Evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service will be essential for success, as the faculty member will provide leadership across many diverse audiences, including students, faculty colleagues, and external stakeholders in industry and government. To learn more about Cornell’s and CALS’ DEI commitment to creating an inclusive culture of belonging, please visit:

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A Ph.D. in Plant Breeding, Plant Genetics, Horticulture, Plant Science, Plant Physiology/Biology, or related disciplines is required, as is demonstrated potential to excel in the research and extension activities described above, excellence in communication and collaboration across a variety of audiences, and the ability to contribute to a culture of inclusive excellence through leadership and delivery of inclusive research and extension programs.

 Salary and Benefits:  Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is provided. Learn more about the many benefits Cornell offers:



Submit as a single PDF file to Academic Jobs Online ( a cover letter summarizing your background and qualifications (2 pages maximum), a statement of research accomplishments and interests (2 pages maximum); a statement describing your extension experience and/or philosophy and interests (2 pages maximum); a statement of diversity, equity, inclusion (2 pages maximum); a detailed curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of four references (letters will be requested after the applications are reviewed). The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who through their work will contribute to the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and excellence of the community.

 Inquiries may be sent to Prof. Courtney Weber, search chair ( Initial screening of applications will begin February 6, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.


Who We Are
The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the Cornell AgriTech campus in Geneva, New York, the gateway to the Finger Lakes American Viticulture Area that includes over 11,000 acres of vineyards and more than 100 wineries and has been gaining recognition for both its wine quality and quality of life. Just one hour from the Ithaca campus, Cornell AgriTech is reimagining the future of food and agriculture systems through innovative research, technology, and education to improve the health of the people, environment, and economy of New York State and beyond. The campus in Geneva is also home to New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture, the NYS IPM Program, two USDA Agricultural Research Service units (Plant Genetic Resources Unit and Grape Genetics Research Unit), the Produce Safety Alliance and the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University, which are integral to the commitment Cornell has made to a robust agricultural industry in New York. Adjacent to the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park - the Finger Lakes Region’s premier destination for food, beverage, and ag tech innovation, acceleration, and incubation - the opportunities for innovation, collaboration and impact are boundless.
The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) includes internationally renowned faculty with abundant collaborations 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 Horticulture Section is a vibrant part of SIPS. Members of the section focus on specialty crops and enjoy close collaborations with local USDA Agricultural Research Service geneticists, pathologists, and germplasm curators, as well as colleagues around the world. The section has a strong extension tradition and works closely with professionals of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
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