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Research Associate
Department of Global Development in New York City, New York
Date Posted 12/10/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position ID:Cornell -Department of Global Development -RA1 [#20728, WDR-00028979]
Position Title: 
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map ]
Subject Areas: Agricultural Economics
International Agriculture
International Development
Community Development
Appl Deadline: (posted 2021/12/07, listed until 2021/12/14)
Position Description:  Apply    
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Senior Food Systems Environmental Scientist (Research Associate)

Department of Global Development

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Ithaca, New York

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. 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.  CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.

Position Function

This position requires an experienced scientist to use environmental analyses and integrative methods for researching how to reduce the environmental footprint of food systems in the department of Global Development. This individual will be required to research the environmental and livelihoods impacts of interventions or planned donor projects on livestock and agriculture production, and food waste and consumption in low- and middle-income countries, primarily, but not only. The incumbent will estimate various environmental impacts including greenhouse gas emissions, land use change, nutrient use, consumptive water use and biodiversity at farm, regional and global levels when needed. Livelihood impacts will include incomes, cash flow, labor use and human nutrition. Considerable interaction with food systems scientists, agronomists, livestock scientists, geographers and economists are expected, as well as the development of media and communications products.

Anticipated Division of Time

Research 65%

Project management: 25%

Student supervision / training 10%

The occasional contributed guest lecture in key courses is expected.


 PhD in environmental science, natural resource management, ecology, systems analyses

 Technical skills: estimation of environmental footprints and life cycle analyses for greenhouse gas emissions, land use, nutrients, water use and biodiversity, management and analyses of large datasets, spatial analyses, systems-thinking, healthy diets from sustainable food systems

 Skills in project management and junior staff / PhD and MSc student supervision, high ability for working in multi-cultural and multidisciplinary teams

 A minimum of six years postdoctoral experience working in sustainable food systems in low, middle income and high-income countries.

Grant-writing and the production of high-quality scientific publications and policy documents.

Supervision Exercised

It is expected that the incumbent will supervise PhD and MSc students. This includes developing workplans, timelines, methodologies and ensuring a high scientific standard and process for delivering project outputs and publications.

A high level of collaboration and teamwork is expected with other members of staff.

2 year term position, renewal contingent on funding and performance

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