Research Associate

Research Associate


Cornell University- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science

Cornell AgriTech, Cornell University, Geneva, New York

Research Associate Position

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University embraces diversity strongly encourage 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.

Position Function and Anticipated Division of Time

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:

40% 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;

10% Working closely with an apple transformation specialist to design and construct CRISPR/CAS constructs to edit apple genes.

5% Quantifying apple tree growth and fruit quality in greenhouse and orchard;

40% Analyzing data and drafting manuscript for peer-reviewed publications;

5% Supervising graduate and undergraduate researchers and lab technicians.

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


Ph.D. in plant biology, genetics, horticulture, or a related field with relevant postdoctoral research experience. Research experience in model plant systems and apple 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.

Supervision Exercised

You may supervise graduate and undergraduate researchers and lab technicians related to your research program.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae, letter of interest summarizing your background and qualifications, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online at the following link:  The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who through their work will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the community.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected or deadline for applications is 10/31/2023.  If you have questions about this position, please email Kenong Xu at

CALS hiring range for position is $49,100 to $65,100.


Pay Range:

$45,700.00 - $91,000.00

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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