Assistant Professor-Crop Plant Physiologist

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Assistant Professor-Crop Plant Physiologist

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule:

40 hours/week

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 an Assistant Professor of Crop Plant Physiology. This faculty position will be a 12-month, tenure-track position.

The successful candidate will lead a creative, productive, externally-funded research program bridging discovery of fundamental physiological mechanisms in crop plants with improving crop performance in the field. Research including systems-level, mathematical, and/or modeling approaches to understand complex, whole-plant, physiology is welcomed but not required. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: mechanistic responses and adaptation to water or nutrient deficiency, thermal stress, and elevated CO2; source-sink relationships relevant to yield, product quality, or carbon sequestration; and beneficial interface of the microbiome with whole-plant physiology. Additional key job duties include quality teaching of Crop Physiology to graduate students, effective mentoring of graduate students and other junior researchers, and service to the university and profession commensurate with stage of career.

The successful candidate will join a vigorous and diverse community of fundamental and applied plant scientists in numerous departments at NC State and in the greater Research Triangle, inclusive of several universities and agricultural corporations. The application should show evidence of being poised to engage in and enrich trans-disciplinary collaborations with diverse scientists, both within ( and outside the department. Relevant, cross-departmental, faculty groups at NC State include the Plant Breeding Consortium, the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative, the Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium, and the Genetics and Genomics Initiative. Complementary expertise exists among engineers and computational scientists at NC State, who perform research in precision agriculture, remote sensing, big data analytics, machine learning, etc.

At NC State, our goal is to provide a truly inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment for all. 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. Fostering an environment that is welcoming of all groups is an expectation of this position.

Other Responsibilities:

Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

PhD in Crop Science, Plant Biology, Biochemistry, or closely related discipline.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Deep understanding of whole plant physiology and relevant modern research techniques for crop plants.
  • Ability to teach with high quality in the classroom and to mentor students and trainees effectively.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills, including demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed research in internationally recognized journals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least two years of relevant work experience after the PhD.
  • Demonstrated skills in acquiring external funding.
  • Prior strong contributions to relevant trans-disciplinary collaborations with diverse people/scientists.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

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

This position will be required to drive a vehicle to research fields.

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:

  • Cover letter (including a statement of interest in and fit with the advertised position)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of relevant research experience and anticipated research focus at NC State, including possibilities for transdisciplinary collaborations (two page limit).
  • Statement of teaching, mentoring, and diversity philosophy (two page limit).
  • Names and contact information for 3 to 4 Professional References (include addresses, e-mail, and phone numbers)

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track 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:

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: 5/13/2021
Application Due: 8/11/2021
Work Type: Full Time