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Senior Food Systems Environmental Scientist
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.
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
Project management: 25%
Student supervision /
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
and the production of high-quality scientific publications and policy
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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