Postdoctoral Associate in Plant Biology

Cornell University School of Integrative Plant Science

United States

Postdoctoral Associate | Plant Biology Section | School of Integrative Plant Science, CALS

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Postdoctoral Associate
Plant Biology Section
School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ithaca, NY

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.

Transcriptomic Analyses of Genes involved in Developmental Regulation of Leaf Angle in Maize.

Position Function

A Postdoctoral Associate Position is immediately available to join the Scanlon Lab ( in the Plant Biology Section at Cornell University in the area of plant genomics and developmental biology.  This position requires an experienced scientist to work on a collaborative project that investigates the control of leaf angle in a maize plant? Leaf angle is a strategic component of plant architecture, and an important area of plant research that interconnects fundamental research on the mechanisms of plant development and agriculture production through improved crop canopy for increased productivity. Leaf angle is affected by physical and developmental properties of the ligule and auricle, a hinge that forms at the blade/sheath boundary of maize leaves. This position will utilize singe-cell RNA-seq and laser microdissection transcriptomic analyses to identify genes involved in ligule/auricle development and the control of leaf angle variation in maize.

Position requirements

  • Ph.D. with research experience in plant biology, bioinformatics, genomics, computational biology, statistics or related discipline.
  • Proficiency in collecting and analyzing very large transcriptomic data sets.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a strong publication record.
  •  Independence and project leadership skills.

Preferred qualifications

  • More than 3 years of experience in computational biology, bioinformatics, and genomic analyses.
  • Extensive experience in transcriptomics and statistical analyses
  • A record of publication in the field of plant genomics.
  • Experience in plant developmental biology

Supervision Exercised

The position may include some supervision of undergraduate and graduate students involved in research on the project.

 Anticipated Division of Time

Data generation and collection: GESTALT analyses, single cell RNAseq, single-cell/tissue sequencing- 40%

Data analyses and evaluation- 45%

Participation in preparation of annual reports and publications- 15%

How to Apply:

A letter of interest in the position, C.V. a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion and contact information for three references should be submitted on-line via Academic Jobs Online.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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