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Assistant Professor in Soil Microbial Ecology

Employer
NC State University
Location
Raleigh, NC

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Job Details

Posting Number:

PG193336EP

Internal Recruitment :

No

Working Title:

Assistant Professor in Soil Microbial Ecology

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM

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 seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor with specific expertise in Soil Microbial Ecology with an emphasis on molecular approaches. The position is critical to both departmental teaching and research missions; the formal appointment is research (70%) and teaching (30%).

This position will develop a multi-faceted research program focused on microbial community composition, metabolic capability, and interspecies interactions that apply “–omics-based” experimental approaches, including metabolomics, metagenomics, proteomics, and transcriptomics, in soil environments, including in urban, agricultural, or contaminated settings. Due to the complexity of soils, specialized approaches and knowledge are needed to approach the bioinformatic and technological issues associated with the application of these techniques to the soil ecosystem and environment. The position would have a primary focus on understanding the mechanisms of microbially-mediated transformations and fluxes of soil carbon in the context of climate change but would also be expected to contribute to the department’s and university’s mission through studies on nutrient and contaminant cycling in soil.

Teaching duties associated with the position include an undergraduate soil microbiology class and a new graduate class that will focus on ecology and manipulation of beneficial soil microbial communities, as well as the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.

N.C. State is a community of individuals from varied backgrounds and demographic categories; it encourages, accepts, and values a variety of people and ideas; it seeks to promote an environment where fairness, respect, and understanding represent the norm in the campus climate; and it seeks to prepare entrepreneurs who are effective citizens of a global community. As such, you are expected to contribute to an environment that is welcoming of all groups.

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Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in soil science, environmental microbiology, or a related discipline.
  • Previous research experience in soil microbial ecology with an emphasis on molecular approaches.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to publish research in respected peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching and course development.
  • Experience securing extramural support for research activities.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

N/A

Valid NC Driver's License required:

No

Commercial Driver's License required:

No

Job Open Date:

04/10/2024

Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Research Statement, Brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Research Interests, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Position Number:

00110755

Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

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

1.00

Appointment:

9 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Department ID:

110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences

AA/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. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. 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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NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

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NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

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More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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