Posting Number PG190992EP
Internal Recruitment No
Working Title Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist (Microbiome
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience
Work Schedule 40 hours week (hours vary)
Job Location Raleigh, NC
Department Plant & Microbial Biology
About the Department
The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology supports teaching, research, and
extension programs in fundamental plant biology and microbiology, including
basic and applied research, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses,
mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and outreach to state and
Essential Job Duties
The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology in the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University invites applications for
a tenure-track Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in agricultural
microbiomes. Understanding and harnessing beneficial microbiomes to improve
crop production and enhance stress resilience is an urgent priority for
advancing sustainable management of agricultural systems in the face of
increased population demand and more extreme climate conditions. We anticipate
the need for applied microbiome expertise and seek an individual enthusiastic
about extending microbiome information into real-world systems.
The position includes 20% research and 80% extension. In this context, the
successful candidate is expected to develop an applied research program that
flows seamlessly into a translational research program within their extension
appointment. Possible focal areas for this research and extension program
include, but are not limited to, plant symbionts, plant-microbe-soil
interactions, nutrient acquisition and cycling, pre-and postharvest microbial
systems, commercial treatments with beneficial microbes, and other microbiome
topics that enhance sustainable agriculture, particularly for high-value crops
in the North Carolina agricultural industry. To this end, expertise in any
area relevant to beneficial agricultural microbiomes is welcome, such as
genetics and genomics, breeding, ecology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and
In addition to translational research that can be used in extension efforts,
the extension component of the position may include a combination of microbial
product efficacy studies, provision of information and training to extension
agents, dissemination of best practices, identification of stakeholder needs,
and other efforts relevant to growers, processors, and the agricultural
biotech industry in the region. Good communication skills will be essential to
convey information to diverse audiences with differing levels of expertise.
The position will have a mentoring committee that includes both research and
extension faculty to help facilitate their success.
NCSU provides a highly collaborative and supportive environment, and the
position will have many opportunities to collaborate with others working in
crop and microbiome research in the department as well as with research and
extension faculty in the Departments of Crop and Soil Science, Entomology, and
Plant Pathology, Horticultural Science, and Biological and Agricultural
Engineering, among others.
Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the university and
in engagement outside the university. Therefore, the selected candidate will
be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience
Ph.D. in plant biology, microbiology, ecology, crop science, soil science, or
a related discipline, and a commitment to excellence in extension and
engagement with constituencies outside the university.
Other Required Qualifications
Expertise in beneficial plant-microbe interactions.
Interest and ability to lead on applied and translational science needs in
Ability to work collaboratively and engage with diverse stakeholders.
Required License(s) or Certification(s)
Valid NC Driver's License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.
This position will be required to drive a pickup truck to and from research
and field site locations.
Valid NC Driver's License required Yes
Commercial Driver's License required No
Job Open Date 06/09/2021
Anticipated Close Date 07/09/2021
Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to your application, please submit the following:
Research Statement detailing research program, including translational
Extension Statement incorporating your vision for engaging with
constituents throughout North Carolina. (upload as other document 1)
Statement on how you will contribute to a diverse and inclusive
environment. (upload as other document 2)
Contact information for three professional references.
Position Number 00104961
Position Type Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.00
Appointment 12 Month Recurring
Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather
Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Mandatory - Medical Emergencies
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Department ID 110801 - Plant & Microbial Biology
NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age,
sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a
disability, or status as a protected veteran.
If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact
Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals
with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the
application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks.
Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree
is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to
have their degree equivalency verified at www. wes.org or equivalent service.
Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet
qualifications and receive credit.
NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all
employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons
hired to work in the United States.
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().
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If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.
(Open Ended Question)
Do you have, or will you have by the start date, a PhD in plant biology, microbiology, ecology, crop science, soil science, or a related discipline, and a commitment to excellence in extension and engagement with constituencies outside the university?
A valid driver's license is required. This license must be maintained throughout employment. Do you have a valid driver's license and the ability to obtain a North Carolina Driver's License within 60 days of hire?
Application Materials Required
Contact Information for References
Other Document (1)
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