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Post Doctoral Associate
Cornell University

  • Jun. 30, 2017
  • Post Doctoral Associate
  • Section of Horticulture within the School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Cornell University
    Geneva, NY
    United States
  • Open until Filled
  • Sep. 1, 2017
  • Post-Doc
  • Horticulture
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Postdoctoral Associate
Cornell University
Horticulture Section – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
School of Integrative Plant Science
New York State Agricultural Experiment Station

Position Function

This position requires a person with strong background and interest in plant breeding/genetics, and a desire to work on both applied and molecular approaches. This individual will join a national team working to apply the latest in molecular mapping technology to locate genes of greatest interest in public grapevine breeding programs. Responsibilities will include aspects of phenotyping important traits in Cornell University grape breeding populations. Individual will also have responsibility for coordinating and managing a complex, national project.

Anticipated Division of Time

(30%) Phenotyping traits of viticultural importance, according to applicant’s skills and interests, and in accordance with goals of interest to project leader. Interact with mapping technology team to assure processing of data for the discovery of markers for genes controlling the phenotyped traits.
(30%) Organization and Communication with project participants; Arrange meetings, facilitate inter-group communications. Organize annual project meeting.
(30%) Gathering information and assembling reports
(5%) Interaction with project leaders and other project participants (Cornell U. and USDA-ARS) located in Ithaca and Geneva, New York
(5%) Other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • Ph.D. degree required, in Horticulture, Genetics, Plant Breeding, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology and/or related disciplines. Must possess and maintain a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills. Well-versed in spreadsheet, word processing, and database software.
  • Plant breeding and genetics training.
  • Maturity and initiative are desirable, however, applicants with doctorate degrees (with or without postdoctoral experience) will be considered. Preference will be given to those already showing outstanding leadership and organizational skills.

Supervision Exercised
At present, there are no plans for supervision of technical staff and/or students. However, it will be important to work together with other technical staff and students involved in the project. There are possibilities to supervise temporary support personnel and/or summer student interns.

To express interest in this position, please send your CV, letter of interest and the name and contact information for three references to Professor Bruce Reisch at

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Contact Information

  • Pat Mahoney
    Human Resources
    Cornell University
    630 West North Street
    Geneva, NY 14456
  • 315-87-2234
  • 315-787-2534


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