PG191072EPInternal Recruitment :
Robotics, Biosensors, and Control Systems Assistant ProfessorAnticipated Hiring Range:
Commensurate with ExperienceWork Schedule:
40 hours/weekJob Location:
Raleigh, NCDepartment :
Biological And Agricultural EngineeringAbout the Department:
The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Engineering at NC State University. The department actively contributes to the academic, research, and extension missions of the University.Essential Job Duties:
The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University invites qualified applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor Faculty position in the area of robotics, biosensors, and control systems engineering. Sustained population growth continues to require innovative agricultural practices including the use of affordable and efficient sensing and feedback technologies for agricultural operations. Robotics, bio-sensing, control and network technology in agricultural operations have grown rapidly in the last 20 years and are expected to remain among the major drivers of productivity. This is particularly true in high value crops and organic systems where hand labor is often the largest cost driver. This new position will develop an innovative research, extension, and teaching program centered on the development of biosensors and control systems for various applications in agriculture including detecting and quantifying microbial and chemical contaminants in food and water, livestock monitoring, crop/plant monitoring, cultivation and the control of harvesting and handling. Other Responsibilities:
Potential research areas are numerous for this position; examples include, but not limited to wireless sensors and sensor networks and controls for food packaging and inspection, environmental monitoring, precision irrigation, variable rate application of water, pesticides and nutrients, pest and disease detection in crops, machine and process control, facility automation, traceability, and precision livestock farming (PLF) (e.g., animal identification and health monitoring). It is anticipated that candidates for this position will be experts in sensors, networks, and bio-imaging. Additionally, they should have experience with various controls including PLC’s and embedded controllers. The position will allow for more collaborative linkages with almost every department in CALS, the College of Engineering (COE), and numerous other departments on campus as well as outside stakeholder groups. The position will also play an integral role in the new Plant Sciences Initiative (PSI). The research will be applied to extension programs that will benefit and promote the agricultural and food-processing industry in North Carolina, will help insure a safer food supply and lead to a greater promotion of public health through these efforts.
The successful applicant should interface with research and extension faculty in the Departments of Crop and Soil Science, Horticultural Science, Animal Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and/or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, among others. Applicants should demonstrate effective teaching capability to address the department’s emphasis in multiple concentration areas such as machine systems and precision agriculture, bio-processing, post harvest engineering, ecological engineering, and environmental engineering. The candidate will teach an upper-level undergraduate and graduate level course on sensors and controls.
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.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Head.Minimum Education and Experience:
Candidate must have PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering or an equivalent engineering discipline.Other Required Qualifications:
- Applicant will be expected to demonstrate the potential to build a strong research, extension, and teaching program.
- Candidates must demonstrate competencies in oral and written communication as well as interpersonal skills.
Required License(s) or Certification(s):
- Registration and/or qualification for licensure as a professional engineer.
Valid NC Driver's License required:
- Valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain within 60 days of start.
YesCommercial Driver's License required:
NoJob Open Date:
07/13/2021Anticipated Close Date:
Open until filled.Special Instructions to Applicants:
In addition to your application please submit the following:
- Cover Letter
- Research Statement incorporating a vision for how your research program could develop at NC State
- Extension Philosophy, including potential impacts for North Carolina
- Teaching philosophy and Statement of Teaching, including potential course offerings
- Contact Information for at least three (3) professional references
Tenured/Tenure-Track FacultyFull Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):
9 Month RecurringMandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:
Non Mandatory - Adverse WeatherMandatory Designation - Emergency Events:
Mandatory - Medical EmergenciesIs this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:
118101 - Biological And Agricultural EnAA/EEO:
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.
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