Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist (Microbiome Extension)

North Carolina, United States
30 May 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Vacancy Type    Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only    No
Anticipated Hiring Range    Commensurate with Experience
Position Number    00104961
Work Schedule    40 hours week (hours vary)
Full Time Equivalent (FTE)    1.00
Department    110801 - Plant & Microbial Biology
Department    Plant & Microbial Biology
Job City & State    Raleigh, NC

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

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 nation.

Essential Job Duties

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce recruitment for a tenure-track Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist in agricultural microbiomes with formal appointments in Research (20%) and Extension (80%).

This faculty position would serve as a bridge between existing faculty research in basic microbiome science and the applied research needs of growers, processors and the agricultural biotech industry in the region. Focal areas might include soil, microbe and root interactions, root or foliar symbionts, nutrient cycling and nutrient acquisition, foliar microbial communities and plant agricultural productivity, pre- and post-harvest microbial systems, and commercial treatment of seed with beneficial microbes to improve field performance.

As microbiome extension specialist, this position will serve as a bridge between existing faculty research in basic microbiome science and the applied research needs of growers, processors, and the agricultural biotech industry in the region. The candidate will be expected to work closely with plant and microbial research programs 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.

Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus are university goals. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

Other Work/Responsibilities


Minimum Education/Experience

  • Ph.D. in plant biology, microbiology, crop science, soil science, or related discipline, and a commitment to excellence in extension and engagement with constituencies outside the university.

Departmental Required Skills

  • Strong expertise in beneficial plant microbe interactions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across basic and translational science approaches.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • Agricultural extension experience.
  • Strong background in the analysis of microbiomes and beneficial microbes.
  • Experience with the agricultural practices and specific needs of North Carolina and the South Eastern U.S.

Required License or Certification

  • Valid NC Driver’s Licence or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.

While driving a vehicle is not an essential function of this position, we believe it is necessary to have a valid NC driver’s license to perform the essential functions of the job. This position will need to travel off-site on occasion, alone and must independently be able to travel from location to location without reliance on others or the advanced notice that is often required of alternative means of transportation. Due to limitations in funding, the College cannot afford the high costs that would be required in attaining the services of transportation services such as taxis or car services. Should a viable candidate be identified from the recruitment without a license, which we believe to be necessary, we will engage your office and OIED in considering potential alternative solutions that may emerge from a request for a reasonable accommodation.

Special Instructions

Please upload the following documents to your application: 

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae 
  3. Research Statement
  4. Extension Statement incorporating a vision for how you plan to engage with constituents throughout the state of North Carolina (upload to Other Document 1)
  5. Contact information for three references.

Job Open Date


Anticipated Closing Date

Review of applications will begin July 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?


Proposed Hire Date



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