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Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.



The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University embraces diversity and strongly encourages individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. CALS 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. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York State and around the world.

We are seeking a motivated individual who has a strong research background in plant molecular biology and genetics to characterize and edit apple genes of great horticultural and economic importance. 

Major responsibilities will include: 

1) Conducting experiments to characterize apple genes, such as genetic marker analysis, gene expression, gene subcellular localization, protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions, promoter assays, and others;
2) Working closely with an apple transformation specialist to design and construct CRISPR/CAS constructs to edit apple genes.
3) Quantifying apple tree growth and fruit quality in greenhouse and/or orchard;
4) Analyzing data and drafting manuscript for peer-reviewed publications;
5) Supervising seasonal undergraduate researchers. 

The position is available immediately. The initial appointment of the position will be for one year and renewable depending on performance and funding.

Anticipated Division of Time:

In accordance with the five responsibilities listed above, the successful candidate is expected to devote his/her time as follows:
• Responsibility 1): 40%
• Responsibility 2): 10%
• Responsibility 3): 5%
• Responsibility 4): 40%
• Responsibility 5): 5%


Ph.D. in plant biology, genetics, or related field. Research experience in model plant systems is desirable. Must be able to work independently, devise appropriate hypotheses and experiments, and learn new skills as appropriate. Strong writing and communication skills are favored. Preference will be given to those already showing outstanding leadership, demonstrated maturity, and organizational skills. 

Application Procedure:

How to apply: Interested candidates should apply online at Academic Jobs Online at with a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion and names and contact information for three references.

The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who through their work will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the community. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.


Pay Range:

$54,840.00 - $75,000.00

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including: employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave, flexible work options.