Assistant Professor

Location
Raleigh
Posted
Jan 23, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00003330

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 candidate is expected to develop an innovative program of hypotheses-driven research aiming to understand how bacteria (symbionts or pathogens) affect plant responses to biotic or abiotic stress. Program emphases can include, but are not limited to, bacterial evolution in agricultural settings within the framework of plant disease resistance or abiotic stress to improve management of fast-evolving bacteria and crop yields; plant-microbe interactions at the molecular, cellular, organismal, or population levels; studying interactions of foliar epiphytic or endophytic bacterial communities with the soil microbiota and ultimately with the plant. The candidate will have a strong foundation in basic research but will take their findings one step further into translation working with non-model organisms (food, feed, fiber, or ornamental crops) to enhance plant health through improved bacterial disease management. The candidate is expected to develop an area of relevant expertise while maintaining a breadth of knowledge regarding plant-associated prokaryotes. The candidate is expected to generate extramural funding to help support their research program following start-up resources. The candidate will teach a core Plant Pathology graduate class on a yearly basis, mentor graduate students, and participate in the academic programs of the department through guest lectures and seminars. The candidate will also support and collaborate with Extension Specialists in the Department by providing bacteriology expertise for applied research and diagnostic efforts of bacterial diseases of North Carolina crops. Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the overall success of the University. Therefore, the selected candidate will be expected foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups.

Minimum Education/Experience: * PhD in Plant Pathology or a closely related field.

Department Required Skills: * Demonstrable skills in verbal and written communication, and interpersonal relations. * Strong capacity to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including mentoring of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Two years' postdoctoral or equivalent experience. * Demonstrated background in plant pathology, microbiology, or related fields. * Expertise in ecology, evolution, host and microbe interactions, and/or functional genomics of plant-associated bacteria. * Ability to contribute, through experience, research, teaching, extension, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

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 "www.wes.org":http//wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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