Research Associate - Horticultural Science

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Research Associate - Horticultural Science

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Horticultural Science

About the Department:

The Department of Horticultural Science generates and extends knowledge about fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, and landscape design for the purpose of increasing food security and food safety, sustaining the environment, enhancing economic vitality, and improving the quality of life for individuals and their communities.

Essential Job Duties:

The Research Associate will be expected to conduct research on postharvest issues of cut flowers, such as roses and specialty cut flowers, unrooted cuttings of numerous vegetatively-propagated species, and bedding and potted flowering plants. Specific research projects may include work with ethylene, botrytis, carbohydrate analysis, and environmental modeling. The successful candidate in this position will be expected to interact with plant physiologists, biochemists, and molecular biologists as part of a multi-investigator effort. The Research Associate will also submit grants on behalf of the PI, work with the granting agencies to develop the projects, write text, create budgets, and submit the proposals, help supervise graduate students and student workers and work with other faculty in the department to develop and implement independent projects.

Other Responsibilities:

Additional responsibilities include annual reporting to funding agencies, supervision of seasonal employees, statistical analysis, presentation and publication of project results, and participation in other project activities.

Minimum Experience and Education:

  • Master’s Degree in horticultural science, plant science or a related field; or a relevant bachelor’s degree and three (3) or more years of relevant experience.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with staff, faculty, and students.
  • Good organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications:


Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application please submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least three professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

111501 - Horticultural Science


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.




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Job No:
Posted: 1/13/2021
Application Due: 1/15/2021
Work Type: Full Time