Temporary Research Support Specialist in Bioinformatics: Plant Path & Microbe Biology Section – School of Integrative Plant Science, CALS

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Temporary Research Support Specialist in Bioinformatics: Plant Path & Microbe Biology Section - School of Integrative Plant Science, CALS

Position Description:

This part-time (.5 FTE) temporary position work on a project analyzing a genomic dataset of an insect pathogenic fungus. Duties will include setting up, troubleshooting, and running analytical pipelines to annotate, call SNPs, and and conduct phylogenomic and GWAS analysis of fungal genomes. The successful candidate will also compile report of methods and results, prepare any figures for publication. Analyses will be performed on Cornell BioHPC server and work may be partially or fully remote with weekly zoom meetings with supervisor. While this is a temporary contract position through August 2022, there is possibility for continued employment.

Anticipated Division of Time: 

Computational Data analysis – 80%, Writing and figure prepration- 10%


A minimum of a master’s (PhD preferred) with experience and training in a combination of computational biology, comparative genomics, molecular biology, entomology, mycology or related fields. Experience working with job submissions and bioinformatic pipeline creation on large compute clusters in the linux operating system. Programming skills in bash and either perl or python for development of pipelines and custom scripts. Skills and experience performing comparative genomic and GWAS analysis highly desirable.

Cornell University, CALS, Section of Plant Pathology & Plant Microbe-Biology, School of Integrative Plant Science, Ithaca, NY

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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 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.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University’s Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at owdi@cornell.edu. For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library


Applicants should submit a cover letter that addresses the requirements above, and include a statement of your research interests and experience, a curriculum vitae, a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the names and contact information for three references via . Candidates must apply through https://hr.cornell.edu/workday, job announcement WDR-00030173.

Applications will be reviewed beginning on March 22, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled. The start date in April 2022.

Application Materials Required (Submit the following items online through the website): 

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A one-page statement of past research interests and accomplishments
  • 3 Professional References (actual letters acceptable but not required, just names and contact information)

For more information contact Dr. Kathryn Bushley (keb45@cornell.edu)

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