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Assistant Professor – Molecular Genetics of Weeds and Invasive Species with North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC

Type of position Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty, 12 Month Recurring
Employer North Carolina State University
Description of Employer The NC State Weed Science program has a history of excellence in both applied and basic Weed Science research, outreach, and education. Graduates of the program are leaders in industry, extension, and academic programs throughout the U.S. and beyond. The Weed Science faculty are embedded in the Departments of Horticultural Science and Crop and Soil Sciences. The Department of Horticultural Science is composed of 34 faculty (88% tenure track). The department delivers research, creative design, innovative teaching, extension, and outreach associated with the production and utilization, ecology, breeding and basic biology of fruit, vegetable, flower, ornamental, and functional horticultural plants. The department optimizes the role of plants in addressing local to global grand challenges.

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences encompasses diverse disciplines in research, extension and teaching to develop future leaders in crop, soil and environmental sciences, improve crop plants and products, devise effective and sustainable crop production systems, develop effective and sustainable soil management techniques in both agriculture and urban settings. Personnel 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.

Location Raleigh, NC
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Closing date of competition February 6, 2023, or until a suitable candidate is found
Date position available 01/11/2023
Description of duties
The Department of Horticulture Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce recruitment for a 12-month tenure-track Assistant Professor with formal appointments in Research (80%) and Teaching (20%).

Weed Science is an interdepartmental program with faculty housed in both the Department of Horticultural Science and Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. The candidate will have the opportunity to select a home department affiliation between these two departments, in keeping with the future needs of the candidate and College programs. Regardless of departmental affiliation, the candidate is expected to have strong collaborative ties to Weed Science programs in both departments.

The incumbent will conduct research in molecular genetics and genomics of weeds and invasive plants, including efforts to develop novel biotechnologies for weed management. The position will teach a graduate class in Herbicide Mode of Action and Behavior in Plants and a new course in molecular tools in weed science research (taught in alternative years), depending on the candidate’s expertise and departmental priorities. The incumbent will develop a nationally and internationally recognized, collaborative, and extramurally funded program that advances scholarly leadership and outputs to accelerate weed management outcomes through genetics, genomics, and molecular biology. The incumbent will participate in interdisciplinary programs such as the Interdepartmental Weed Science Program, Plant Breeding Consortium, https://cals.ncsu.edu/psi/” target=”_blank”>Plant Science Initiative, the INitiative for TRanslational, INtegrative and SYnthetiC Plant Biology (INTRINSyC), and Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI). The incumbent should participate in external collaborations, with funding agencies and other partners. The incumbent will provide service to professional societies and to the department and College as requested.
N.C. State is diverse because it is a community of individuals from varied backgrounds and demographic categories; it encourages, accepts, and values a diversity of people and ideas; it seeks to promote an environment where equity, 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.
Other duties as assigned and determined by the department head.
Qualifications sought
Minimum Education and Experience
  • Ph.D. degree in Weed Science, Plant Molecular Biology/Bioinformatics, Evolutionary/Ecological Genomics, Crop Science, Horticultural Science, or related disciplines, with interdisciplinary experience an asset.
Other Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated interest in and ability to apply innovative molecular tools to the science of weed biology and management; 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal relations; 
  • Strong ability to work on interdisciplinary teams and mentor students at all levels.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in agricultural systems.
  • Successful record of collaboration, publication in refereed journals.
  • Successful record of fundraising.
  • Experience or demonstrated potential in teaching.
  • At least two years’ postdoctoral or equivalent experience in a related discipline.
Required License(s) or Certification(s)
  • A valid driver’s license is required for travel. Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.
Valid NC Driver’s License required Yes
Contact for additional information Prof. Joe Neal, Department of Horticultural Science ([email protected])
Prof. Ramon Leon, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences ([email protected])
Application procedure  
Submit what In addition to your application, please attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research accomplishments and interest, teaching philosophy, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three (3) professional references.

Applicants are encouraged to include teaching evaluations if available (upload as “other document (1)) and in the cover letter or in a separate statement indicating how their program could contribute to enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at NCSU.

Required Documents
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Contact Information for References
Research Statement
Teaching Statement

Submit to For applying for this job go to https://jobs.ncsu.edu/
Posting Number PG192340EP
Position Number 00109870
Additional Information 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 [email protected].

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