Assistant Professor

Position Number: 00062626

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Engineering at NC State University. The department actively contributes to the academic, research and extension missions of the University.

Essential Job Duties: This faculty position will focus in the area of biosensors and control systems engineering. Sustained population growth continues to require innovative agricultural practices including the use of affordable and efficient sensing and feedback technologies for agricultural operations. Biosensing, control and network technology in agricultural operations have grown rapidly in the last 20 years and are expected to remain among the major drivers of productivity. This is particularly true in high value crops and organic systems where hand labor is often the largest cost driver. This position will develop innovative research, extension, and teaching programs centered on the development of biosensors and control systems for various applications in agriculture including detecting and quantifying microbial and chemical contaminants in food and water, livestock monitoring, crop/plant monitoring, cultivation and the control of harvesting and handling. Potential research areas are numerous for this position; examples include, but not limited to, wireless sensors and sensor networks and controls for food packaging and inspection, environmental monitoring, precision irrigation, variable rate application of water and pesticides, pest and disease detection in crops, machine and process control, facility automation, traceability, and precision livestock farming (PLF) (e.g., animal identification and health monitoring). This position is responsible for applying the research to develop extension programs that will benefit and promote the agricultural and food-processing industry in North Carolina. In turn, this position will help insure a safer food supply and lead to a greater promotion of public health through these efforts. The position will allow for more collaborative linkages with almost every department in CALS and numerous other departments on campus as well as outside stakeholder groups. Specifically, the successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with research and extension faculty and staff in the Departments of Crop and Soil Science, Horticultural Science, Animal Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and/or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, among others. Diversity and inclusiveness are academic imperatives and university goals. Candidates should have a commitment to fostering an environment that is welcoming of all groups.

Minimum Education/Experience: Candidates are expected to have (by date of hire) a Ph.D. degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering or an equivalent engineering discipline. ABD Candidates who are very close to completion of their PhD degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering (or an equivalent engineering discipline) will be considered at the Instructor rank, consistent with appointment terms as specified in the governing University policy on Academic Ranks. Candidates should have experience in sensors, networks, and bioimaging. Experience is also required concerning various controls like PLC's and embedded controllers. Candidates should possess teaching experience involving machine systems and precision agriculture, bioprocessing, postharvest engineering, ecological engineering, and environmental engineering.

Department Required Skills: Candidates must demonstrate competencies in oral and written communication as well as interpersonal skills.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D. degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering or an equivalent engineering discipline.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: Current registration and/or qualification for licensure as a professional engineer.

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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