Assistant Professor - Rhizosphere

May 18, 2017
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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: The successful candidate will organize and conduct grant-funded basic and applied research on processes controlling root growth and function, and root interactions with the rhizosphere environment. We are specifically interested in candidates who utilize approaches such as stable isotopes, advanced imaging, and metabolomics to focus on basic and applied research topics, including those related to: root abiotic stress; crop productivity and nutrient dynamics; environmental remediation; carbon storage and dynamics in soils; and modeling of root growth. It is expected that experimentation will extend from laboratory and controlled environments to the field. The faculty member will develop a new graduate level course on root growth and rhizosphere processes, and may also contribute to undergraduate classes in soil fertility.

Minimum Education/Experience: Ph.D. in Soil Science, Crop Science, Biogeochemistry, Horticulture, or a related field is required, with extensive training in plant-soil interactions, and advanced biological, chemical, and analytical techniques.

Department Required Skills: In-depth knowledge of the relationship between root-zone processes and whole plant systems is essential. 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; publish scholarly work in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals; teach courses consistent with departmental needs; collaborate with other departmental faculty engaged in agronomic and environmental research; and participate in interdisciplinary research with faculty within Crop and Soil Sciences and from other departments at NC State University, as well as personnel from cooperating universities, institutions, agencies, and organizations. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

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

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