Faculty Team Positions at the Boyce Thompson Institute
Description. BTI, an independent research institute on the Cornell University 
campus, invites applications for teams of 2-3 individuals seeking to conduct an 
interdisciplinary project(s). BTI will evaluate the success of these 
appointments by demonstration of collaboration and strategic contributions to 
projects with colleagues, rather than leadership within a given discipline or 
biological focus. Therefore, selection of successful applicants will be based 
on the potential of the team, rather than the individuals involved. Successful 
teams will therefore conduct a project together, but their members will also be 
parts of other teams involving BTI, Cornell or other scientists around the 
world. The research goals of the team project should be within, or touch on, 
the field of plant science. However, we encourage the involvement of 
non-traditional disciplines including engineering, physics, or any other field 
with the potential to contribute to plant science. We welcome projects that 
include potential translational components. Queries as to appropriate topics 
for applications are welcomed.

Appointment type. Appointments will be made at the Assistant Professor level 
initially for three years, with a second 3-year appointment possible. 
Exceptional performance of the team on the criteria mentioned above could lead 
to consideration of further extension. A generous research/startup fund will be 
provided to the team to be shared as it sees fit.

Application process. Applications should include a single proposal for 
collaborative research project(s) of up to three pages, with a maximum of two 
additional pages to describe the collaborative framework. This document should 
describe the rationale for forming a team, anticipated synergies within the 
team, and the concept for project management and budgeting. Individual CV's 
with the names of three references should also be included. Materials should be 
submitted as a single PDF document to 

For potential applicants who wish to participate in team science but have not 
yet conceived that team, BTI has created a virtual space to facilitate 
exchanges of research ideas, platforms and expertise - please visit 
http://btiteamforum.org/.  Identifying information on this site is kept 
confidential, including to the search committee, and your contributions are 
accessible only to others who express a mutual wish to be considered as a 
potential member of your team.

Please visit the Frequently Asked 
 page and send additional inquiries to 
teamsea...@btiscience.org<mailto:teamsea...@btiscience.org>. We will be happy 
to arrange phone calls to discuss these novel positions. Review of applications 
will begin May 14, 2018, with the starting date for the appointments being 
flexible. Additional information about BTI can be obtained at 

BTI is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive 
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, 
national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other 
characteristic protected by law. We particularly encourage applications from 
teams that take advantage of the diversity of scientists.  BTI also prides 
itself on family-friendly policies and is committed to helping its staff 
achieve career success with an appropriate work-life balance.

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