Associate Professor - Crop and Soil Sciences

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Associate Professor - Crop and Soil Sciences

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 40 hours/week, hours may vary

Job Location:

Rocky Mount, NC

Department :

Crop and Soil Sciences

About the Department:

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 tenured or tenure-track Associate Professor with a formal appointment in Extension (100%).

The successful candidate will have Extension educational responsibilities for cotton in North Carolina to include support of cotton producers, county agents, consultants, NCDA&CS regional agronomists, retail distribution, and others in the cotton production industry. Job duties will include working independently and in a team with existing cotton research and Extension faculty at NC State University to develop recommendations, produce the annual Cotton Information book, deliver technical training to producers and county agents, troubleshoot problems in production, and develop relationships that benefit the cotton production industry, North Carolina State University, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Technical information will be delivered by a combination of print and electronic means, as well as through field days, farm visits, grower meetings, and training of county agents, growers, and consultants. These activities will result in the writing of extension publications (electronic and print), which may sometimes be collaborative with other research and Extension faculty.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct a collaborative applied research program with other North Carolina State University cotton faculty to support the Extension activities with an emphasis on on-farm trials focusing on cotton variety evaluations and other cultural practices in cotton production. They will be expected to work closely with faculty in other departments to assist in dissemination of integrated pest management strategies to growers and other industry clientele. Generation of external funding to support the program will be expected. Data from the research program that advance the science of cotton production will be presented at state, regional and national symposia, and meetings, which will also provide opportunities for professional development.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to graduate education by means such as serving on graduate committees, serving as advisor or co-advisor of graduate students, and assisting graduate students with publishing their work in appropriate scientific journals.

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.

This position will be housed at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station near Rocky Mount, NC in order to best serve the majority of cotton growers in North Carolina.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience and Education:

PhD in agronomy or a related discipline with a minimum of five (5) years of extension and applied research experience in the Southeastern U.S. cotton production.

Other Required Qualifications:


Preferred Qualifications:

The experience in applied research should include on-farm cotton variety evaluations and large plot research. Preference will be given to candidates with an outstanding record of service to the cotton industry.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

This position may be required to travel to and from field sites, research stations, and NC State campus. This position may also be required to drive a program truck to pull heavy farm equipment.

Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application, please submit the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information (names, email addresses, telephone numbers) for at least three professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

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


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:

110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences


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: 1/23/2021
Application Due: 2/20/2021
Work Type: Full Time