The College of Agriculture and Life Science 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 prove 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.
Research and extension efforts are designed to maintain and enhance the profitability and sustainability of New York vegetable farmers, both for the short and long term. Short-term projects are designed to provide growers with the best cultural methods to grow crops, i.e., fertility management; irrigation; optimizing plant populations; and variety selection for the processing vegetable industry. Long-term projects include fine-tuning cover crop use to maximize nutrient recycling and reduce disease incidence; improving fertilizer recommendations; and determining how variety selection and fertility practices affect disease tolerance. The program has steadily grown and gained a reputation for providing solid evaluation of seed lines for both fresh and processing markets. These relationships, established between Cornell University, the vegetable seed industry and the Northeast processing industry, have built a productive synergy that not only benefits New York State but growers around the nation.
Independently manage many aspects of field, lab and greenhouse research associated with the vegetable program. Collaborate with P.I. in developing yearly goals, objectives and research and extension plans. Plan and design all field and variety trial plantings yearly. Coordinate and supervise the establishment and maintenance of vegetable culture and disease experiments in cooperation with other faculty, extension educators, growers and processors. Work closely with Field Research Unit personnel in oversight of field maintenance operations and maintain plant health. Harvest samples for evaluation and long-term storage. Work closely with stakeholders in the vegetable industry. Coordinate extension programs that include field day demonstrations, tours and make presentations at appropriate venues both in New York and nationally. Write and/or edit manuscripts, summarize, present and publish data in grant proposals, grower publications and progress reports. Resolve questions and issues when they arise in absence of P.I. Supervise and assist graduate students, visiting scientists and Post-Docs. Supervise large crew of temporary employees. Manage the use of the Raw Products building for six months each year. Operate equipment as needed.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Horticulture plus 3-5 years' experience. Some supervisory experience. Will be required to take Cornell University Supervisory Training within first six months of employment. Must be highly motivated, able to demonstrate innovation and coordinate diverse long-term field, greenhouse and laboratory research projects. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential due to numerous interactions within the University and with outside businesses, stakeholders and universities or research stations. Knowledge of greenhouse/field pest identification & control techniques required. Must possess or be willing and able to obtain Certified Pesticide Applicator's license within 6 months of employment. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint to support data management and analyses. Must possess and maintain valid Driver License and undergo a successful driver background check. Perseverance, dedication and excellent multi-tasking skills during vegetable evaluation. Knowledge and experience in vegetable variety trials, pest management, and statistics are essential to the successful completion of program goals, research projects and publications. Must maintain high level of confidentiality. Must be self-directed, highly motivated and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously with great attention to detail. Ability to work autonomously within the guidelines and expectations of P.I. while demonstrating innovation and techniques necessary for rapid turnover of projects. Proven leadership, supervisory management and innovation in support of program goals are essential. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Prior experience with identifying and writing grant proposals, scientific reports and manuscripts.
Master's degree in Horticulture plus 3-5 years' experience. This is a high visibility program with interactions at the state, national and international level with industry and collaborators. An understanding of the local and national vegetable industry and their support organizations is desirable.
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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