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Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist (Microbiome Extension)

NC State University
Raleigh, NC
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Jul 9, 2021

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Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist (Microbiome Extension)

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule:

40 hours week (hours vary)

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Plant & Microbial Biology

About the Department:

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology supports teaching, research, and extension programs in fundamental plant biology and microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and outreach to state and nation.

Essential Job Duties:

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in agricultural microbiomes. Understanding and harnessing beneficial microbiomes to improve crop production and enhance stress resilience is an urgent priority for advancing sustainable management of agricultural systems in the face of increased population demand and more extreme climate conditions. We anticipate the need for applied microbiome expertise and seek an individual enthusiastic about extending microbiome information into real-world systems.

The position includes 20% research and 80% extension. In this context, the successful candidate is expected to develop an applied research program that flows seamlessly into a translational research program within their extension appointment. Possible focal areas for this research and extension program include, but are not limited to, plant symbionts, plant-microbe-soil interactions, nutrient acquisition and cycling, pre-and postharvest microbial systems, commercial treatments with beneficial microbes, and other microbiome topics that enhance sustainable agriculture, particularly for high-value crops in the North Carolina agricultural industry. To this end, expertise in any area relevant to beneficial agricultural microbiomes is welcome, such as genetics and genomics, breeding, ecology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and so on.

In addition to translational research that can be used in extension efforts, the extension component of the position may include a combination of microbial product efficacy studies, provision of information and training to extension agents, dissemination of best practices, identification of stakeholder needs, and other efforts relevant to growers, processors, and the agricultural biotech industry in the region. Good communication skills will be essential to convey information to diverse audiences with differing levels of expertise. The position will have a mentoring committee that includes both research and extension faculty to help facilitate their success.

NCSU provides a highly collaborative and supportive environment, and the position will have many opportunities to collaborate with others working in crop and microbiome research in the department as well as with research and extension faculty in the Departments of Crop and Soil Science, Entomology, and Plant Pathology, Horticultural Science, and Biological and Agricultural Engineering, among others.

Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the university and in engagement outside the university. Therefore, the selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups.

Other Responsibilities:

Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Ph.D. in plant biology, microbiology, ecology, crop science, soil science, or a related discipline, and a commitment to excellence in extension and engagement with constituencies outside the university.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Expertise in beneficial plant-microbe interactions.
  • Interest and ability to lead on applied and translational science needs in agricultural microbiomes.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and engage with diverse stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:


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 pickup truck to and from research and field site locations.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application, please submit the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement detailing research program, including translational research.
  • Extension Statement incorporating your vision for engaging with constituents throughout North Carolina. (upload as other document 1)
  • Statement on how you will contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment. (upload as other document 2)
  • Contact information for three professional references.

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:

110801 - Plant & Microbial Biology


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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