Assistant Professor - Plant Genomics

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Assistant Professor - Plant Genomics

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience.

Work Schedule:

40 hours/week (Times may vary)

Job Location:

Raleigh, 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 seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Applied Plant Genomics. This faculty position will be a 12-month, tenure-track position with 25% teaching and 75%research appointment at North Carolina State University.
  • The faculty position will interact with research programs of N.C. State University’s Plant Breeding Consortium in the application of cutting-edge genomics-based approaches to improve agronomic performance, abiotic and biotic stress resistance, and quality characteristics for row crop and turfgrass species of economic importance to North Carolina. Specific areas of activity may include characterization of genetic variability in important crop plant genera, use of genomics data-driven approaches to identify and introgress desirable allelic variability from exotic source materials into such crops, and study of crop plant evolution.
  • The successful candidate is expected to: develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program that is sustained by extramural grant funding and responsive to solving problems of state, national, or international importance; publish research findings in reputable scholarly journals; mentor graduate students; contribute to N.C. State’s academic programs in plant breeding and genetics by developing a graduate level course related to crop plant genomics; collaborate with other faculty from the College and Agriculture and Life Sciences in interdisciplinary plant science research, as well as personnel from cooperating universities, institutions, agencies, and organizations.
  • 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.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • PhD in Crop Science, Horticulture Science, Plant Biology, Genetics or a related field with specific training in the generation, processing, and interpretation of DNA sequence information for the purpose of crop plant improvement.
  • Experience in generating external research funding.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Skills in plant breeding, bioinformatics, or quantitative genetics.
  • Expertise in SNP-based genotyping methods (PACE, KASP, Taqman, rhAmp, etc.) as well as NGS-based genotyping protocols (GBS, target capture, AmpliSeq, SeqSNP, etc.)
  • A demonstrated ability in the classroom.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed research in internationally recognized journals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in genetic engineering and CRISPR gene-editing for gene cloning and functional genomics; methods for interspecific hybridization/bridging germplasm pools; doubled haploid techniques; constructing and analyzing microarrays, particularly Affymetrix and/or Illumina SNP genotyping arrays; developing novel/proprietary genotyping technologies; or programming and bioinformatics pipelines would be preferred

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire. This position may be required to travel to and from research stations, conferences, and NC State campus.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Applicant Required Documents: Cover Letter, CV, and Contact Information for Three (3) 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.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/16/2021
Application Due: 4/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time