Research Associate

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Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Research Associate

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday / 40 hours/week

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Integrated Pest Mgmt-Research

About the Department:

The National Science Foundation Center for Integrated Pest Management (NSF CIPM) was established in 1991 to serve a lead role in technology development, program implementation, training, and public awareness for IPM at the state, regional, and national level. CIPM was established in 1991 to serve a lead role in technology development, program implementation, training, and public awareness for IPM.

At present, CIPM develops new strategies, analytics and decision support systems to advance IPM and plant biosecurity. We serve and partner with government, industry, and university stakeholders locally, nationally, and internationally. We assist USDA APHIS PPQ to stop pests at the borders.

A major pathway for the introduction of exotic invasive pests is through international trade of agricultural commodities and planting materials. Through multiple projects with USDA APHIS PPQ, CIPM assists the NPPO to stop pests at borders to safeguard a country’s agriculture and natural resources while facilitating international trade. The Center also develops regional and national priorities through workshops and stakeholder meetings, and has developed large databases and decision support systems for USDA and other stakeholders.

Essential Job Duties:

This Research Associate position requires the selected candidate to acquire, analyze and report data on hosts of multiple fruit fly species (and sometimes other pests) of agricultural importance. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Data acquisition; the incumbent will collect relevant literature and communicate with subject matter experts and regulators.
  • Data analysis; the incumbent will collaborate with stakeholders, understand applicable standards, review and analyze the data available to identify and classify fruit fly hosts accordingly.
  • Data reporting; the incumbent will write highly technical pest host reports and communicate and present the information to the stakeholders.
  • Incumbent will work closely with stakeholders, members in a team, other teams, and the project lead to complete the objectives.

Other Responsibilities:

Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in biological, ecological, or environmental science, or related discipline.
  • Two or more years of experience acquiring, analyzing, summarizing, and reporting data on non-native pests such as arthropods, plant pathogens, or mollusks.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and in a team as required by the project lead and stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to communicate with stakeholders, application users, and the team timely and effectively.
  • Excellent organizational and documentation skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a Windows environment and use common applications like word and excel.
  • Ability to use a reference manager such as Endnote.

Preferred Qualifications:

Three or more years of work experience in the following areas:

  • Fruit flies and plant hosts of fruit flies.
  • Plant bio-security.
  • Experience writing USDA APHIS technical reports.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


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 a cover letter, CV, publication or technical writing example (upload as other document 1), and the Contact Information for at least three (3) 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:

113810 - Integrated Pest Mgmt-Research


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: 6/8/2021
Application Due: 9/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time