Assistant/Associate Professor - Digital Agriculture: Agronomy

Assistant/Associate Professor - Digital Agriculture: Agronomy
School of Integrative Plant Science, Section of Soil and Crop Sciences
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853


START DATE: July 2019 or as negotiated


The Soil and Crop Sciences Section in the School of Integrative Plant Science seeks applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track position focusing on digital technologies in agronomy. This position is part of an interdisciplinary cluster hire in Digital Agriculture in support of the new Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture.


RESPONSIBILITIES: This position has 50% research and 50% extension responsibilities in the application of digital agriculture in field crop production systems. The incumbent is expected to connect laboratory, field and data-analytical activities that translate research into management systems that work effectively to address on-farm decisions and enhance returns from technology investments. Research may focus on the development and application of advanced technologies, analytics and tools for field-level decision-making, precise application of inputs that match crop and pest-control needs, and/or optimized, real-time agronomic management. The individual will synthesize laboratory, field and data-analytical activities to translate research into tools that expedite and optimize management decisions for farmers and enhance returns on technological investments. The extension program should focus on education in the application of precision and digital agriculture tools to enable field crop farmers and service providers to enhance cropping system sustainability.


The successful applicant will play a critical role in advancing New York State agriculture into the digital era by developing and leading internationally-recognized research and extension programs supported by external funding. Opportunities for collaboration exist in CALS, the College of Engineering, the Faculty of Computing and Information Science and the SC Johnson College of Business, whose faculty lead discoveries in computational decision tools, rapid phenotyping, remote and in-field sensing and systems engineering.


QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in agronomy, crop science, soil science, agricultural/biological engineering, or related disciplines. The candidate must have good skills in computational technology and data analytics, and be familiar with field crop production systems. We seek applicants whose record in research, teaching or service has prepared them to contribute to Cornell's historical commitment to diversity. Well-qualified applicants are expected to have a distinguished record with academic accomplishments, experience with obtaining extramural grant funding, and strong teaching skills, preferably with stakeholder audiences.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is available.


APPLICATIONS: Submit a letter of application; detailed resume; succinct statements on research, extension, diversity, equity and inclusion; copies of university transcripts; copies of two publications and names and contact information for three references through the Academics Jobs Online portal at Inquiries may be sent to Professor Harold van Es, (; 1-607-255-5629). Screening of applications will commence February 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be sent to Professor Harold van Es, (; 1-607-255-5629). Screening of applications will commence February 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.



The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) was launched by Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2014 to provide a unifying framework for five sections (formerly departments) with interrelated activities: Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil & Crop Sciences. The sections are associated with distinct disciplines and graduate fields, but are increasingly connected by urgent local and global challenges and the revolutionary scientific tools now available.


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.


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