Last updated on October 11, 2013

Assistant or Associate Professor of Sustainable Fruit Production
Department of Horticulture
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Cornell University – Ithaca, NY

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New York State is a major producer of fruit crops and Cornell University has a long history of research and teaching in the area of fruit production. The wine and grape industry is expanding rapidly in NYS and is a major economic contributor. Most vineyards and orchards are situated near rivers, lakes and oceans, making nutrient and agrochemical leaching into surface and groundwater an important factor to manage and mitigate. Sustainably managing soil, water, and nutrient resources in a changing climatic and economic environment is critical for the continued success of the winegrape and tree fruit industries.

Responsibilities: The appointee is expected to develop and direct an externally-funded, nationally-recognized research program on deciduous fruit production systems with emphasis on understanding interactions between the fruiting plant and ecosystems, and application of this knowledge to improve the sustainability of fruit crop production systems. Proposed research should complement rather than replicate ongoing research in the Plant Sciences at Cornell.

The appointee is also expected to teach or co-teach courses associated with the Viticulture/Enology and Plant Sciences majors, including Ecological Orchard Management, and Viticulture and Vineyard Management. Contributions to other plant science courses are expected, commensurate with skills and abilities. Participation in curriculum development, student recruitment, undergraduate and graduate advising, and internship identification and management will be a component of the teaching responsibility.

The appointee is expected to participate fully in the academic life of the department and college by serving on committees, attending relevant meetings, and serving as a resource for inquiries about fruit production. Salary and start-up package is generous and subject to negotiation. Benefits are competitive and of high caliber.


Required: Ph.D. in horticulture or closely-related field with experience in fruit production systems.
Preferred: Previous teaching experience desirable.

Application procedure: Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research goals and plans, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate transcripts, and names of three references to:

For additional information, email Prof. Justine Vanden Heuvel at Review of applications will begin October 28, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

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