Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist

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
Working Title Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience
Position Number 00001858
Work Schedule 40 hrs/week (varies)
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology
Job City & State Raleigh, NC

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

As part of the Land Grant University, the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is composed of over 40 faculty that direct a diverse portfolio of programs in teaching, research and extension components. Collectively, these strengths not only serve our clientele and our science, but also provide a rich environment for graduate education and training that can be tailored to the specific career interests of the student, irrespective of whether they prefer training in the basic sciences or are preparing for a career in extension. Our education and research programs provide graduate and undergraduate students with unique hands-on learning opportunities using the latest technologies.

Essential Job Duties

The Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce recruitment for a 12-month tenure-track Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist with formal appointments in Research (20%) and Extension (80%).

This faculty position will be expected to develop an innovative statewide extension and applied research program on diseases of apples, peaches, grapes, caneberries, and woody ornamentals in North Carolina. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized extramurally-funded research and extension program and mentor graduate students.

The successful candidate should have the demonstrated ability to investigate the population biology, ecology and fungicide resistance management of key disease organisms of important fruit and ornamental crops in North Carolina, and integrate this information into sustainable disease management programs. The incumbent will also work cooperatively with colleagues and stakeholders to solve problems requiring multidisciplinary approaches to both research and extension needs. The successful candidate should also have demonstrated expertise in extension programming, capable of developing and disseminating educational and training materials to a diversity of stakeholders.

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

The ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes other entomologists, regulators, industry personnel, pathologists, economists, ecologists, and food safety specialists is required. Significant opportunities exist for collaboration with faculty in Urban Entomology, NC Agromedicine Institute, Center for Human Health and the Environment, and partnerships with corporations and government agencies, especially those in the Research Triangle Park or elsewhere in North Carolina.

Minimum Education/Experience

  • A PhD in Plant Pathology or field of study directly related to the position description is required.

Departmental Required Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to develop an internationally recognized plant pathology extension and research program to address disease management of fruit crops, and who can also address emerging diseases of woody ornamentals.
  • Expertise in extension programming, capable of disseminating educational and training materials to a diversity of stakeholders.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • A minimum of three years experience in research in disease management of tree fruits and/or woody ornamental plants, demonstrated independent plant pathology extension experience and stakeholder engagement, and demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding to support program activities.
  • A demonstrated record of collaborative research and scholarship, stakeholder engagement, and innovative approaches to disease management.
  • NC State University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching, extension, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Required License or Certification

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

Special Instructions

Please upload the following documents to your application: 
1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae 
3. Contact information for at least three references.

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 Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

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