Assistant/Associate Professor; Grape Disease Ecology and Epidemiology
Ithaca, New York 14850

Brief Job Description:
Assistant/Associate Professor; Grape Disease Ecology and Epidemiology
School of Integrative Plant Science
Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

Assistant/Associate Professor; Grape Disease Ecology and Epidemiology; tenure track, academic year appointment (9-month).

Start Date:
July 1, 2018 or as negotiated

School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University New York State Agricultural Experiment Station Geneva, NY 14456

Named Appointment:
For the first five years of the incumbent’s term, this faculty position will carry the distinction as the Susan Eckert Lynch Faculty Fellow. At Cornell, appointments at the rank of assistant and associate professor are made initially for 3 or 5 years, respectively.

The successful candidate will develop an internationally recognized research (60%) and extension (40%) program focused on generating and disseminating knowledge concerning the biology, ecology, and management of grapevine diseases. The primary programmatic focus should be on fungal diseases important to the commercial grape industry of New York and surrounding regions, although additional cooperative work on relevant diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, or other agents would be appropriate also. It is expected that research program output will increase our basic understanding of various factors impacting the development of grapevine diseases and the tools used for their control, thereby providing a foundation for the development of improved management programs.

Appropriate disciplinary specialties of the successful applicant include but are not limited to infection biology, population genetics, genome biology, host-pathogen interactions, epidemiology, disease modeling, integrated pest management and sustainability. An ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes other plant pathologists, viticulturists, plant breeders, entomologists, economists, and enologists is required. In the extension function, the successful applicant will assume leadership of Cornell’s outreach program in grape pathology, maintaining its integration within the larger, interdisciplinary Viticulture and Enology extension program.

A dedication to providing practical, science-based information on disease diagnosis and sustainable management programs is essential, as is an ability to work with a diverse range of colleagues and stakeholders, including growers, extension educators, private-sector advisors, agrichemical and other industry support personnel, government regulators, and the general public. Good communication skills, both oral and written, are required, as modern extension programs rely on varied media for content delivery. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute lectures on plant pathology topics in an interdisciplinary, team-taught undergraduate course in Grape Pest Management, currently offered one semester each year.

A Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, mycology, genetics, ecology or a closely related discipline. Experience in research, as demonstrated by publication in peer-reviewed journals, is required and prior experience in extension or stakeholder engagement is preferred. Ability to communicate effectively with students, colleagues and external stakeholders is critical.

Salary and Benefits:
Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is available. Support for start-up research costs will be available.

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

Application procedure:
A letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research goals and plans, reprints of selected papers, transcripts, and the names of three references may be submitted via academic jobs online at Questions related to the position may be directed to Dr. Marc Fuchs, Search Committee Chair at

Cornell University is committed to hiring and promoting a diverse faculty.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college. 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.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus opening on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options.

Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.

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