Assistant Professor

Position Number: 00105694

Primary Function of Organization Unit: Crop & Soil Sciences is a Department with diverse disciplines that encompass research, extension and teaching related to soil science and theory and the genetic improvement, production and utilization of agronomic and turf-grass crops. Research in basic and applied science and the engagement and technology transfer to public and private sector practitioners.

Essential Job Duties: The successful candidate will develop a research and teaching program that focuses on improving soil productivity and profitably in sustainable and organic cropping systems by studying complex soil and system interactions. A strong research program in soil management of sustainable and organic agricultural systems must be multifaceted and can focus on plant nutrient requirements, timing of nutrients or optimum plant uptake with attention to environmental consequences, tillage strategies, cover cropping systems, and integrated crop-livestock systems. Potential research might include: (a) meeting crop nutrient needs through various organic amendments or cover crops, (b) improving environmental quality by minimizing and avoiding nutrient, sediment, and pathogen losses, and (c) mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting agricultural systems to climate change. Additional research could focus on cost-effective soil management strategies for sustainable production of high-value organic and conventional crops (e.g., vegetables, fruits, animal products, and cereals).The candidate will be expected to work closely with a multidisciplinary faculty in Horticultural Science, Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Animal Science at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, as well as with other stakeholders across the state. Generation of external funding from multiple sources to support the research program is required. The successful candidate will be expected to present data at state, regional and national symposia and meetings and at CEFS field days and workshops. Publication of research results in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals is required. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach one undergraduate-level course as part of the Agroecology curriculum and either one graduate level course in soil fertility or an introduction to soils for the two-year students and/or other courses as department needs.

Minimum Education/Experience: A Ph.D. in Soil Science, Agronomy, Horticultural Science or a closely related discipline with a strong soils background.

Department Required Skills: Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed research in internationally recognized journals. A demonstrated ability in the classroom.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Experience in soil fertility, nutrient management and/or soil management processes is preferred.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: n/a

AA/EOE: 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.

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