Assistant or Associate Professor of Sustainable Fruit Production
Department of Horticulture College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Cornell University

Assistant or Associate Professor of Sustainable Fruit Production
Department of Horticulture
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University – Ithaca, New York 14853

New York State is a major producer of fruit crops, and Cornell University has a long history of research and teaching in the area of fruit production. The candidate for this position must have a strong background in plant physiology and understand production practices so that he/she can teach students majoring in plant and agricultural science about these subjects. The candidate’s research should contribute to improving management practices so that the environmental impact of water, nutrient, pesticide and energy use can be reduced. While research can occur at the whole plant or physiological level, the work should be conducted within the context of enhancing economic and environmental sustainability of fruit farms. Fruit production currently requires substantial
inputs, so objective assessments of management practices that mitigate environment impacts and reduce labor are an important need.

The candidate is expected to develop and direct an externally-funded, nationally-recognized research program on deciduous fruit production systems with emphasis on understanding interactions between the fruiting plant, management practices, and ecosystems, and applying this knowledge to improve the sustainability of fruit crop production systems. Proposed research should complement rather than replicate ongoing research in the plant sciences at Cornell.
While the candidate can conduct research within any relevant fruit production system, sufficient expertise in tree fruit systems is expected to enable the candidate to teach Ecological Orchard Management in alternate years, Fruit Crop Physiology in alternate years, and develop an additional course to be offered yearly to support the plant science curriculum. Participation in curriculum development, student recruitment, and undergraduate and graduate student advising will be a component of the teaching responsibility. The candidate is expected to participate fully in the academic life of the department and college by serving on committees, attending relevant meetings, and serving as a resource for inquiries about fruit production.

Salary and start-up package are generous and able to be negotiated. Benefits are excellent.

PhD in horticulture or closely-related field with experience in fruit production systems. Previous teaching experience desirable.

Application procedure:
Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research goals and plans, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate transcripts, and names of three references to For additional information, email Dr. Lailiang Cheng ( Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.

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