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August 28, 2019 October 21, 2019 Assistant or Associate Professor of Plant Synthetic Biology School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Biology Section, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
July 31, 2019 August 28 2019 Research Geneticist (Plants) Columbia, MO, USA

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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.

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Extra: Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is provided.

Job Title: Research Geneticist (Plants)

Date Posted: July 31, 2019

Apply By: August 28 2019

Location: Columbia, MO, USA

Degree Required: Doctorate

Area of Study: Genetics and related fields

Description: A scientist is needed to develop and refine genetic, genomic and bioinformatics approaches and resources in corn and small grains needed to contribute to the understanding of the genetic bases of plant growth, plant productivity and insect resistance; identify and characterize genes, both qualitative and quantitative, affecting maize and small grain productivity; develop molecular genetic resources for improving genetic analysis in maize and small grains and characterize and manipulate genetic resources through the application of molecular, quantitative and statistical genetics and bioinformatics-based strategies.

Required Qualifications: The ideal candidate has published research related to identifying and characterizing genes affecting maize and small grain productivity such as drought tolerance, root architecture and growth, reproductive development, plant pathogen interactions, insect resistance, and/or any of the many other traits that impact crop productivity and yield with long-term benefit to US growers.

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Extra: Contact Bruce Hibbard at for more information.