Assistant Professor

Raleigh, Wake County
May 09, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Position Number: 00000169

Primary Function of Organization Unit: Since 1901, the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Horticultural Science have been providing innovative teaching, research and outreach to the citizens of North Carolina, the nation, and the world. Our research and extension programs are recognized worldwide for their contributions to applied horticultural production and to discovery science. We generate and extend knowledge about fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, and landscape design for the purpose of increasing food security and food safety, sustaining the environment, enhancing economic vitality, and improving the quality of life for individuals and their communities.

Essential Job Duties: This position is 80% research and 20% academic. North Carolina is a major producer of blueberries in the country with an estimated annual value of over $71,000,000. The candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research and breeding program focusing primarily on blueberry and other fruit/specialty crops as needed, use traditional and genomic-based approaches to develop new varieties for North Carolina and southeastern US growers; provide intellectual and strategic support to projects working to integrate high throughput phenotyping and genomic-based breeding approaches into crop development; teach one 3 hour credit course per year, or the equivalent number of short courses, in small fruit production, plant breeding or applied genomics; establish collaborative partnerships with faculty based at NCSU, as well as with other universities, federal agencies and the private sector; provide input to NC commodity industries on blueberry and other fruit/specialty crops and participate in annual field days and commodity meetings; establish a rigorous, nationally, and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program; publish research results in relevant peer reviewed publications; maintain a dynamic web presence, and chair and serve on graduate student committees.

Minimum Education/Experience: PhD degree in Horticulture, Crop Science, Genetics, Plant Biology or related field with experience in plant breeding, molecular genetics and/or applied genomics.

Department Required Skills : The successful candidate must have a strong desire to develop a modern blueberry and other fruit/specialty crop breeding program that integrates traditional and genomics-based approaches to develop improved germplasm and new varieties. He/she will have demonstrated research productivity through publications in relevant refereed journals, and an existing record of, or strong potential for, successful grant procurement. It is essential that the incumbent conduct team-oriented research, exhibit exceptional leadership abilities, and demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Postdoctoral experience is preferred.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: Valid NCDL

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