Robotics, Biosensors, and Control Systems Assistant Professor

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Robotics, Biosensors, and Control Systems Assistant Professor

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule:

40 hours/week

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Biological And Agricultural Engineering

About 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.

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.

Other Responsibilities:

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Registration and/or qualification for licensure as a professional engineer.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

  • Valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain within 60 days of start.

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
  • CV
  • 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

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



9 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:

118101 - Biological And Agricultural En


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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