Postdoctoral Research Position

Applications are sought for a NASA funded three-year post-doctoral research position in the exciting new cross-disciplinary field to study atmospheric transport of soilborne pathogens at Cornell University. This position will be held jointly between Plant Pathology and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The position entails linking remote sensing and atmospheric modeling tools with plant disease ecology and comparative genomics. The goal of this project is to develop a model for long range soilborne plant pathogen dispersal with earth system and aerosol transport modeling informed by remote sensing and comparative genomics. This position offers the opportunity to work at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for up to one month annually.

Because of the crossdisciplinary nature of the position, previous experience in all areas of the grant is not required, but skills/background in one area and the interest in working across disciplines is required. We are looking for candidates available to start Winter 2020/21; position open until filled. Due to COVID-19, there is flexibility for this position to start work remotely, if needed. The annual salary for this position is commensurate with experience (minimum $54,000 plus benefits).

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline at time of appointment (e.g., Agricultural or Environmental Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, Plant Pathology, Ecology,). For full consideration, please send a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references to: either Kaitlin Gold (Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology Section: or Natalie Mahowald (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences:

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posted: 01 September 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.