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Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate Upon Experience

Work Schedule:

May vary

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Forest Biomaterials

About the Department:

The Department of Forest Biomaterials has responsibilities for teaching, research and extension activities. It awards undergraduate degrees in Paper Science and Engineering, and Sustainable Materials and Technology; and distance Masters, MS, and PhD degrees in Forest Biomaterials. The Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University is a full-service ecosystem advancing the future of biomaterials from educating future leaders to supporting industry and government research. It is part of the College of Natural Resources (CNR), where “the planet is our classroom,” and is also affiliated with the College of Engineering. CNR has a compelling 90+ year history of creating value at the intersection between the natural and built environments, and is a tight-knit community of passionate and caring people dedicated to improving the environments and communities in which we live, work, learn, and play. It is located on Central Campus, which is within walking distance to the Carmichael Gymnasium and Talley Student Center, as well as a variety of eateries, shops, and the WRAL Azalea Gardens. Affordable housing is nearby as well as recreational amenities such as walking trails, parks, and sports complexes.

NC State is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina, which U.S. News and World Report named as the second best U.S. city to live in. NC State is a leading land-grant public research university and is recognized as one of the best employers in the state. It has world-class library facilities, and its own High Performance Computing Center. NC State’s award-winning Centennial Campus is a short jaunt from Central campus, and contains more than 60 companies, government agencies, and non-profits intermingled with a variety of university research and academic units, as well as a lake with a fishing pier and an 18-hole golf course.

Essential Job Duties:

The Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State University is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position that combines wood products extension (70%) with academic teaching, research, and service (30%). The successful candidate will be part of an eight-person sustainability team that consists of three Wood Products Extension faculty and five Sustainable Materials and Technology (SMT) academic faculty. This position is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, but the successful candidate will have to travel throughout North Carolina occasionally. The successful candidate will provide leadership in designing, implementing, and evaluating public educational programs consistent with the philosophy, policy, and overall educational objectives of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Develop an innovative, state-wide extension program for the wood products industry.
  • Perform discipline-guided inquiry that is in line with their Extension program.
  • Seek external funding in support of extension-relevant projects that support graduate students and expands the impact and reach of their extension program.
  • Teach one undergraduate class per year in the Sustainable Materials & Technology program.
  • Engage in service to the department, college, Cooperative Extension, university, and profession.

The preferred candidate will have a degree in Industrial Engineering or an aligned field (e.g. material science, wood science), with knowledge, skills, or industrial experience in one or moreof the following areas:
  • Advanced manufacturing of biomaterials.
  • Use of process data to improve efficiency, yield, and/or quality of processing of wood products.
  • Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to characterize and process materials, such as wood, natural fibers, composites, etc.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering, Wood Products, or closely related field.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Ability and desire to develop and conduct an effective extension and education program in cooperation with faculty, staff, and industry
  • A strong commitment to extension, academic, and research excellence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using innovative technology transfer techniques.
  • Potential to attract and secure funding for proposed scholarly and extension work from federal agencies and other sources.
  • Ability to develop and maintain contacts with relevant state, county, and municipal agencies and departments.
  • Willingness to drive extended distances statewide.
  • Ability to apply professional scheduling including the delivery of evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by programmatic and collaboration needs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Advanced Manufacturing and Wood Products or related field.
  • Knowledge of industrially relevant manufacturing processes, strategies, and innovations.
  • A track record of work in the use of AI and data science for the development, assessment, and processing of materials, especially biomaterials.
  • Experience with automation, optimization, digital fabrication, and big data.
  • Knowledge of the Land Grant Mission and the role of Extension.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively in non-formal settings, including but not limited to demonstrations, workshops, and public events.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

  • Valid Driver’s License

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include a cover letter, CV, research statement, and teaching statement.

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:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Department ID:

150301 - Forest Biomaterials


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

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 was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

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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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