Research Assistant

Oct 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00106609

Primary Function of Organization 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 Research Assistant position will carry out work supporting cooperative activities between U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS and NCSU's Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology. This position will be required to work in a team environment but will have primary responsibility for assigned projects. The main responsibility of the position is to conduct pest risk analysis, consistent with USDA and international (IPPC, WTO) guidelines, disciplines and obligations. This work plays an important rule to support U.S. agricultural trade. The position will collect and/or develop data, evaluate the quality of data, draw inferences from data, and use data as the basis for drafting risk analyses. The position is based at the Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST) Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory (PERAL) on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University (NCSU). On a day-to-day basis, the the position will interact with other staff scientists, solicit information from others staff from the different USDA APHIS-Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) groups including officials at the APHIS-PPQ Headquarters in Riverdale, MD.

Minimum Education/Experience: * Master's degree in Plant Pathology / Nematology, Entomology, or other related field, or Bachelor's degree in listed disciplines plus three or more years of relevant experience.

Department Required Skills: * Computer word processing, spreadsheet, mapping and other computer-related skills. * Superior analysis and writing skills. * Ability to perform extensive literature reviews to acquire the most up-to-date information on pests with the ability to develop, evaluate and draw inferences from the data. * Ability to conceptualize and complete analyses that clearly and completely address prescribed objectives. * Ability to develop high quality written analyses that require minimal editing. * Ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team to meet agreed upon deadlines.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Experience with data management, pest surveys, and crop production.

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.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "":http// Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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