Plant Abiotic Stress Biochemist
Position Number: 00061931
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The fundamental mission of the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at NC State University is the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge through original and innovative research, instruction, and outreach. The department promotes a culture of interdisciplinary team research, through which we strive to achieve the goals of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) to solve grand challenges in food security, environmental stewardship, sustainability in agriculture and energy, and human health. Teaching in the department balances an interdependence of formal classroom instruction with laboratory instruction and experience in research methods. Classroom instruction and laboratory research incorporate a variety of model organisms to examine all levels of biological organization from the atomic/molecular to the organismal. Our didactic excellence in biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics is exemplified in a high quality undergraduate bachelors degree program, and in rigorous masters and doctoral graduate programs.
Essential Job Duties: The Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at North Carolina State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position, at the Assistant Professor rank, in the broad area of plant abiotic stress with an emphasis on metabolic responses. The position will be 80% research and 20% teaching, which is a typical split for primarily research programs in the department. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous and independently funded research program centered on transformative research in plant abiotic stress-induced metabolic responses. Aspects of research may include metabolic regulation in response to abiotic stress (primary and secondary metabolism), maintenance of homeostasis during stress, post-transcriptional regulation, post-translational modification and protein stability, regulation of protein activity and location, and epigenetic changes responding to abiotic stress. This position will have opportunities to collaborate with biochemistry faculty who have expertise in plant abiotic stress responses, as well as the numerous research programs in plant biology that are focused on plant abiotic stress responses at the metabolic level, including programs in Plant and Microbial Biology, Crop and Soil Sciences, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Entomology, Forestry, and the Plants for Human Health Institute. The position will complement and benefit from the newly launched Plant Science Initiative, an innovative multidisciplinary systems-oriented research center that will become the headquarters for solutions to global challenges in agriculture. Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the College and University as a whole. Therefore, the successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is respectful and welcoming of all groups. The department will begin reviewing applications November 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.
Minimum Education/Experience: Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a related field, a minimum of two years' postdoctoral or equivalent experience, and excellent qualifications in research and education.
Department Required Skills: Strong capacity to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including mentoring of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Priority will be given to candidates that have demonstrated abilities to form interdisciplinary collaborations that reach across traditional academic units. Demonstrated inclusiveness and experience promoting diversity, as well as classroom instruction, mentoring, and grant submission are highly desirable.
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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