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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Section of Horticulture - Geneva in York New Salem, Pennsylvania
Date Posted 12/11/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position ID:Cornell -Section of Horticulture - Geneva -PDA [#20721, WDR-00028965]
Position Title: 
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Geneva, New York 14456, United States [map ]
Subject Area: Digital Agriculture
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2021/12/09, updated 2021/12/06)
Position Description:  Apply    
Effective immediately, all new Cornell hires, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by January 18, 2021, or before their start date if after January 18.

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:

We are seeking an experienced researcher with a strong engineering and computer science background to develop protocols that can be used to guide the general implementation and deployment of digital agriculture (DA) tools for research and breeding programs of representative specialty crops (e.g., grape, hemp, apple, etc.) in NYS. These new protocols will help domain experts and stakeholders to address major barriers in 1) system selection and operation and 2) data management and analysis.

Responsibilities include the development of a general workflow of using DA tools for specialty crop sensing and automation; field data collection and curation of multimodel sensing data for specialty crop research and management; and design of machine (deep) learning algorithms to characterize key crop and fruit traits. Potential collaborations would involve a large interdisciplinary team consisting of breeders, geneticists, plant physiologists, pathologists, engineers, and computer scientists at Cornell as well as USDA ARS Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PGRU) and Grape Genetics Research Unit (GGRU).

Anticipated Division of Time:

* 25% protocol and system development and maintenance * 15% system deployment, field data collection, and collaboration coordination * 25% data management and analysis * 35% manuscript preparation and submission


The applicant will have a Ph.D. Degree in agricultural engineering, computer and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, or a related field. Deep understanding and extensive experience (at least 5 years through Ph.D. studies and/or postdoc research) in sensing techniques, control theory, and statistics-based learning are required. Strong written and verbal communication skills are expected. Preference will be given to those who have previously worked in an interdisciplinary team and demonstrated leadership and organizational skills.

Supervision Exercised:

Some supervision of undergraduate research intern and/or professional graduate students (Master of Professional Science in SIPS and/or Master of Engineering in Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering) would likely be involved.


Anticipated starting date of this position is January 1, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled. Actual starting date can be negotiated. This is a 12-month appointment with the opportunity to extend the term based upon performance and available funding.

Application Procedure:

Application materials must be submitted to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20721 , including a cover letter; a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion ; a detailed curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of four references. The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who through their work will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the community.
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