International Engagement Postdoc

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Salary commensurate with experience.
December 08 2020
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International Engagement Postdoc

Leading quantitative genetics lab at Cornell University is hiring a postdoc level scientist who will serve as a senior lead of international engagement. We are looking for strong skills in bioinformatics and an interest in connecting basic science with applied plant breeding to adapt to and combat climate change.

Join Ed Buckler and his group at Cornell University and help develop models based in genomics, molecular biology, and large-scale field evaluations to understand field performance and adaptation. We have a history of bridging quantitative genetics and genomics and applying this knowledge to improving crops with the aim of reducing hunger and environmental impact. Crop genomics is at a key moment, where the technologies to design crops (genomic selection and genome editing) have never been more powerful. However, to effectively apply these technologies, we must first improve our capacity to integrate functional variants into their regulatory and physiological networks. We are looking for researchers wanting to tackle these important problems of modeling chromatin, expression, translation, protein-protein interactions, and enzyme activity in order to connect these molecular changes to a wide range of phenotypes.

The Senior Lead of International Engagement will be a highly visible person central to the success of ILCI (a USAID-supported integrated agricultural research and delivery program) and the Buckler Lab breeding efforts.

The successful candidate will lead the deployment of genomics and genotyping platforms (i.e., working with existing service providers) for a wide range of crops including cassava, maize, sorghum, tubers, and legumes. The application of genomic selection has, until recently, mostly focused on major crops and livestock, but the technologies are allowing all species and breeding programs to take advantage of it. The thoughtful integration of genomic selection can accelerate breeding efforts to increase the rate of genetic gain and create novel healthy, nutritious, and sustainable crops for many markets globally.

This person should have advanced genomic skills to design, develop, analyze, and support different genomic datasets and facilitate the deployment of the data to breeders across the world. This person will also be responsible for defining the reference assembly strategy, whole-genome sequencing, and genotyping approaches and contracts with vendors. Participation in weekly meetings and annual visits required.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to Sara Miller at