Assistant Professor – Plant Nematologist

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Job description

Department: 111801 – Entomology and Plant Pathology

Location: Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties:

The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized program focusing on the ecology, epidemiology, population biology and management of plant-parasitic nematodes in agricultural systems, implementing contemporary diagnostic technologies, and developing integrated disease management strategies for established and emerging plant parasitic nematodes in North Carolina. The Plant Nematologist will have strong foundation in hypotheses-driven research aiming at enhancing strategies for nematode management. The agricultural commodity emphasis for this position will be soybean, corn, cotton, tobacco, and sweetpotato, but the incumbent will be encouraged to apply their expertise to other field, fruit, ornamental, turfgrass and vegetable crops to support cooperative extension and research efforts as needed.

The incumbent is expected to develop an area of relevant expertise while maintaining a breadth of knowledge regarding plant parasitic nematodes. The incumbent is expected to generate extramural funding to help support their research program following start-up resources. The incumbent is also expected to participate in county agent and area specialist trainings, delivering relevant information to commercial growers and other industry clientele through multiple mechanisms, and cooperate with industry professionals to develop and deliver timely and effective nematode management solutions. The successful candidate is expected to participate in the training of M.S. and Ph.D. students and instruct guest lectures in classes upon request. The incumbent is expected to contribute to the academic mission of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology with invited lectures and seminars.

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 Work/Responsibilities:

Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education:

Requires doctor’s degree, an equivalent degree, or equivalent professional experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • In addition to excellence in extension and research, the incumbent is expected to have demonstrable skills in verbal and written communication, and interpersonal relations.
  • Strong capacity to mentor masters, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of postdoctoral or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated background in nematology or plant pathology, or related fields.
  • Expertise in ecology, etiology, epidemiology, population biology and/or management.
  • NC State University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching, extension, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Position Number: 00001933

AA/EEO Statement:

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, 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 verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

How to apply

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