Cornell AgriTech, Geneva, NY 14853-5701. The academic home for this position is the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, housed on both the Ithaca and Geneva campuses of Cornell University.
Position Description and Responsibilities:
The Department of Entomology at Cornell University, dedicated to rigorous scholarship and education with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, seeks to fill a tenure-track position in tree fruit entomology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The successful candidate will be physically located at Cornell University’s AgriTech campus. Cornell AgriTech, located in Geneva, NY, is a preeminent center for agriculture & food research that delivers practical solutions to help farmers and businesses thrive. This position has an effort split of 60% research and 40% extension on a 9-month academic year basis.
The Department is seeking a scientist and extension educator whose training, experience, and interests will allow them to develop a well-funded, innovative, and impactful research and extension program in tree fruit cropping systems. The candidate must be committed to solving arthropod pest problems in apples and other tree fruit crops by developing integrated, practical, and durable pest management solutions. There are several programs in New York that provide tree fruit extension programming including the New York State IPM program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and programs at outlying facilities (e.g., the Hudson Valley Laboratory). The successful candidate will be expected to work with these programs to deliver integrated, relevant, up to date information on the biology and management of important arthropod pests within an IPM framework. There is an expectation to mentor graduate students and contribute to teaching through occasional guest lectures. The successful candidate will have opportunities to create interdisciplinary collaborations with biologists, engineers, and economists at Cornell.
We enthusiastically seek applications from candidates of all backgrounds, particularly those who are under-represented in science and engineering fields. We have a vibrant departmental culture that values inclusion, diversity, equity, and integrity.
Research (60%) – The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program that addresses the management of important arthropod pests of tree fruit crops using a diversity of approaches as necessary to advance durable pest management solutions promoting a sustainable tree fruit industry. Different types of expertise will be considered that can contribute to improved management of tree fruit arthropods including, but not necessarily limited to, insect-plant interactions, microbe-insect interactions, landscape ecology, chemical ecology, and quantitative ecology. While experience in tree fruit systems is not required, the candidate must be committed to solving arthropod pest problems in apples and other tree fruit crops of relevance to New York agriculture.
Extension (40%) – The candidate will lead the tree fruit entomology extension program to develop and deliver current and relevant information on arthropod pest management for tree fruit crops in New York, working closely with other Cornell faculty, NYS IPM Program, the highly regarded Cornell Cooperative Extension Fruit Teams located in the major tree fruit growing regions in the state, including personnel and facilities at the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory, and directly with stakeholders and their associations and governing bodies. The successful candidate is expected to seek out and engage with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds through varied routes of communication and must develop a strong digital presence, including social media platforms. Stakeholders include experienced growers and consultants, experienced farm workers and farm managers transitioning to owning farms and beginning growers and consultants. The candidate will be expected to document the impact of their extension program through online and in-person surveys, real-time polling tools, and other methods.
Teaching - There is no formal teaching assignment with this position although there is an expectation that the successful candidate will contribute guest lectures where relevant.
Mentoring – There is an expectation that the successful candidate will mentor graduate students, postdocs, and staff in their lab. There will also be opportunity to mentor undergraduate students as part of Cornell AgriTech’s Summer Research Scholars Program, a highly successful and unique internship program that provides hands-on research experience for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. The candidate will be responsible for establishing an inclusive, equitable and productive working environment, and respectful mentor-mentee relationships that support the needs and goals of mentees.