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Job Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Plant Synthetic Biology
Date Posted: August 28, 2019
Apply By: October 21, 2019
Location: School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Biology Section, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Department: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
Degree Required: Doctorate
Area of Study: Plant synthetic biology
Description: The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University
invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant or
Associate Professor level in Plant Synthetic Biology. Plant synthetic biology is an emerging field that
combines engineering principles with plant biology. Plant synthetic biology will play an important role
in the future of agriculture for traditional crop improvement, in enabling synthesis of novel products
of nutritional, pharmaceutical or other values, as well as in fundamental understanding of plant
biological processes. The new faculty member will be expected to develop a strong, internationally
recognized program in plant synthetic biology. Examples of relevant research topics include, but are
not limited to: i) the engineering of genetic circuits to program predictable plant behavior and traits,
ii) the generation of novel traits to improve crop plant productivity, iii) transforming plants,
cyanobacteria, or algae into platforms that synthesize chemicals and complex biomolecules by
reconfiguring existing biosynthetic pathways or incorporating newly designed pathways from other
organisms, iv) engineering and introducing in planta biosensors for rapid detection and highthroughput phenotyping of biotic (e.g. viruses, bacteria, fungi, natural products) and abiotic (e.g.
temperature, chemicals, toxins) factors from the sub-cellular to whole-organism scale.
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Chemical Engineering, Biomolecular Engineering, or related
disciplines. The candidate should welcome the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary and
multicultural setting and create a collegial professional environment. Well-qualified applicants are
expected to have a demonstrated record of publication excellence. Preferred qualifications include
postdoctoral experience, ability to work with a team and ability to communicate effectively with
students, colleagues, and external stakeholders.
Application Instructions: Submit as a single PDF file to Academic Jobs Online a letter summarizing your background and
qualifications, a statement of research accomplishments and interests (3 pages maximum), a
statement describing your teaching experiences, philosophy and interests (1 page maximum), a
statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion, a detailed curriculum vitae, and the
names and contact information of three or four references. Inquiries may be sent to the Search Chair
Assoc. Prof. Adrienne Roeder or Search Coordinator Karin Jantz. Initial screening of applications will begin on October 21, 2019 and continue until
the position is filled.
Full Announcement: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14180
Extra: Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An
attractive fringe benefits package is provided.