Assistant Professor - Rhizoshere
Position Number: 00105692
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: Organize and conduct grant-funded basic and applied research on rhizosphere science, root zone processes, and plant-soil interactions, in field, greenhouse, and laboratory settings. We are specifically interested in candidates that focus on the chemical interactions between plants and the soil system around roots. Specific topics of interest may include modeling, metabolomics, and stable isotope-based approaches to attack fundamental problems associated with crop productivity, nutrient dynamics, environmental remediation, abiotic stress, microbial ecology, and carbon storage in soils. The faculty member will develop a new graduate level course on rhizosphere processes, and may also contribute to undergraduate classes in soil fertility. The successful candidate is expected to: develop a productive research program that is sustained by extramural grant funding and is responsive to solving problems of state, national, or international importance; write and publish scholarly work; teach courses consistent with departmental needs; collaborate with other departmental faculty engaged in laboratory, greenhouse, and field research; and participate in interdisciplinary research with faculty from other departments at NC State University, as well as personnel from cooperating universities, institutions, agencies, and organizations. Diversity and inclusion are academic imperatives, and therefore are university goals. The successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups.
Minimum Education/Experience: PhD in Soil Science, Crop Science, Biogeochemistry, Horticulture, or related discipline required, with extensive training in plant-soil interactions, and advanced biological and chemical techniques.
Department Required Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills. A demonstrated ability in the classroom. Specific expertise in root or whole plant systems required
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: A commitment to excellence in teaching, research and extension appropriate to a land-grant university. A track record of publishing peer-reviewed research in internationally recognized journals. Training in metabolomics and isotopic techniques as applied to root exudates 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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