Career Opportunities

Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI)

Senior Faculty Position in Plasma Science and Engineering

The College of Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca Campus, invites applications for a tenured professor and the Director of the Laboratory of Plasma Studies (LPS) from outstanding established plasma and fusion research scientists and engineers. The LPS is known internationally for its world-class High Energy Density Laboratory Plasma (HEDLP) research and has been the home of a research Center of Excellence sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration in this field of research for nearly 20 years. The Cornell College of Engineering is a premier institution of applied science and technology research and education, including in several areas of energy related research and development. The successful applicant is expected to be a leader in plasma science and/or fusion engineering and to have aspirations to expand Cornell’s footprint in fusion-related plasma science, engineering and technology research.  In addition to all LPS research facilities, the successful candidate can expect to benefit from the use of such Cornell research facilities as CHESS (Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source) CCMR (Cornell Center for Materials Research) and CNF (Cornell Nanofabrication Facility) as well as from collaboration with many faculty experts in such areas as Advanced Manufacturing (“3D Printing”) and advanced electromagnetics (metamaterials).  The successful candidate can expect a competitive level of support for the start-up of broadened HEDLP and/or fusion technology research programs. For additional information about the position, please contact

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and several years of experience as an HEDLP or fusion plasma research project leader. A candidate with an established record of raising funds for such research is of special interest to us. Experimentalists, theorists and computationalists are all welcome to apply. A broad background is desirable, including experience with diagnostics for pulsed plasmas, plasma theory, the tools of data analysis, and computer simulation codes that can be used to help design and understand experiments. Doctorates can be in electrical engineering, physics, applied physics, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, astrophysical sciences or another technical field that is consistent with a tenured appointment in a Cornell College of Engineering department. There is an expectation that the successful applicant will be willing and able to teach courses in the College and will have demonstrated promise for excellence in this skill. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The College of Engineering is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity of the academic community and to creating a climate that attracts students of all races, genders and nationalities. Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage and we especially encourage applications by members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering.  We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.  We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian Reservations. 

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a leadership vision statement for broadening Cornell Engineering’s footprint in fusion science and engineering, a teaching statement, three recent publications, complete contact information for at least 3 references, and a Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  Applications must be submitted online at Review of applications will begin in April 2021, and applications received by the end of May 2021 will receive full consideration.  However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For additional information about the application process, please contact  Information on the LPS can be found here:   

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work.  There is a wide array of fringe benefits, programs and services to help advance academic careers as well as to enhance the quality of all employees’ personal lives, including employee wellness, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options.  Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart a sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s missions of teaching, discovery and engagement.  While Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca, NY will be the location of the position discussed in this ad, Cornell’s Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City, and the Weill Medical Colleges in Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, serve to broaden the reach of Cornell far beyond Upstate NY. 

Research Assistant Professors 

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The Center for Data Science for Enterprise & Society at Cornell University announces a new program to recruit multiple candidates to be hired as Research Assistant Professors; these are 3-year non-tenure-track positions that are funded in part by the Center and in part by a cooperating unit at Cornell University, either at the Ithaca campus or at Cornell Tech in New York City. The first cohort recruited for this program will start in academic year 2021-2022.

This new Center aims to unify programs and curricula in data science with an initial emphasis on questions grounded in data that are generated by human activity, including computational social science (e.g., sociology and government), the economics/computer science interface, the aspects of digital agriculture in the production and management of agriculture, digital platforms supporting urban infrastructure (e.g., the sharing economy), and as a theme that is cross-cutting in many of these areas, the corresponding issues of privacy, security, and fairness. The areas highlighted are meant to serve only as illustrative; candidates for these Research Assistant Professorships are sought from all areas of research that either advance the state of the art in data science, or extend the reach of data-driven research into novel application domains.

Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae (CV) and a research statement summarizing their accomplishments to date, as well as a diversity statement; they must also submit a two-page description of proposed research for the period to be spent at the Center, including a proposed primary Cornell faculty member to mentor the candidate (and potentially a secondary mentor to span both some relevant area from the application domain as well as someone from a core data science domain); two letters of recommendation and a letter of support from the Cornell faculty mentor(s). Candidates are expected to have completed their Ph.D. prior to the start of this position, and to have already done substantial research in areas relevant to the Center. Application review will begin on March 29, 2021, and continue until the position has been filled. For full consideration, applications should be completed by April 15, 2021. It is expected that offers will be made to accommodate start dates for both the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Applications should be submitted on AJO at

The Center for Data Science for Enterprise & Society embraces diversity and seeks candidates who can contribute to a welcoming climate for students, staff and faculty of all races and genders. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply.