Assistant Professor/ Crop Production and Management Specialist (Alternative Crops)

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Vacancy Type Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Is Internal Transfer Only No Working Title Assistant Professor/ Crop Production and Management Specialist (Alternative Crops) Salary Range Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience Position Number 00103580 Work Schedule 40 hours per week (hours vary) Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00 Department 110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences Department Crop and Soil Sciences Job City & State Raleigh, NC Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences encompasses diverse disciplines in research extension and teaching. The department’s mission is to develop future leaders in crop, soil and environmental sciences, improve crop plants and products, devise effective and sustainable crop production systems, devise effective and sustainable soil management techniques in both agriculture and urban settings; and disseminate crop, soil, and environmental science knowledge for the benefit of users and producers of food, feed turf, biofuels and fiber in North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Essential Job Duties

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce recruitment for a tenure-track Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist with formal appointments in Research (20%) and Extension (80%).

This faculty position will provide outreach and research support for new and emerging crops in agricultural production systems across North Carolina. This position will address the needs of clientele by developing applied agronomic information for emerging crops absent of dedicated specialists at the University level. This would include, but is not limited to, biofuel grasses and oilseeds, clary sage, and hemp.

Applied research will be conducted within the Research Station system and on-farm as necessary to evaluate the various agronomic production practices including but not limited to variety selection, planting practices, soil fertility, plant nutrition, crop physiology, weed science, and seedling production (where appropriate). Information obtained from valid field trials will be incorporated into a visible Extension program that works closely with County Agents and existing Extension Programs in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences to facilitate county-based meetings as well as field demonstrations and other training events.

The candidate will be expected to work closely with faculty in other departments to assist in dissemination of integrated pest management strategies to growers and other clientele. Generation of extramural funding from multiple sources to support extension and applied research programs is required. The successful candidate will be expected to present data at state, regional and national symposia and meetings. Publication of applied research results in peer-reviewed journals is required. The successful candidate will advise graduate students, and serve on graduate student committees.

Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus are university goals. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

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Minimum Education/Experience
  • Ph.D. in Agronomy, Plant Science, Crop Science, Soil Science or a closely related discipline, and and a commitment to excellence in extension and engagement with constituencies outside the university.
Departmental Required Skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed research in an internationally recognized journal.
  • Have a record of professional achievement in the field with a working knowledge of current developments.
  • Have a commitment to excellence in research and extension appropriate to a land-grant university, and be able to communicate and interact effectively with diverse faculty, staff, students, administrators, relevant commodity groups, and the public.
  • Must be able to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
  • Previous experience in agronomic crop production.
  • Previous experience in successfully obtaining extramural funding.
Required License or Certification
  • Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.

While driving a vehicle is not an essential function of this position, we believe it is necessary to have a valid NC driver’s license to perform the essential functions of the job. This position will need to travel off-site on occasion, alone and must independently be able to travel from location to location without reliance on others or the advanced notice that is often required of alternative means of transportation. Due to limitations in funding, the College cannot afford the high costs that would be required in attaining the services of transportation services such as taxis or car services. Should a viable candidate be identified from the recruitment without a license, which we believe to be necessary, we will engage your office and OIED in considering potential alternative solutions that may emerge from a request for a reasonable accommodation.

Special Instructions

Please upload the following documents to your application:
1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Research Statement
4. Extension Statement incorporating a vision for how you plan to engage with constituents throughout the state of North Carolina. (Upload as Other Document 1)
5. Contact information for three references.

Job Open Date 05/09/2019 Anticipated Closing Date Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No Proposed Hire Date 12/01/2019 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.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] 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 equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have, or will you have by the start date, a Ph.D. in Agronomy, Plant Science, Crop Science, Soil Science or a closely related discipline?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * A valid driver's license is required. This license must be maintained throughout employment. Do you have a valid driver's license and the ability to obtain a North Carolina Driver's License within 60 days of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
Application Materials Required Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement
  4. Other Document (1)
  5. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents




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    Posted: 5/10/2019
    Application Due: 7/9/2019
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