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Open Rank Faculty, Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security

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Applicants should attach a curriculum vitae, cover letter, contact information for references, and a statement of research goals relevant to the cluster. More information about the cluster can be found at: http://workthatmatters.ncsu.edu/emerging-plant-disease/ A comprehensive review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The target start date is August 2016; however, a mutually beneficial time may be negotiated. Questions about the position may be directed with a subject line “CFEPGFS inquiry to globalfoodsecuritycluster@ncsu.edu or Dr. Jean Ristaino (Jean_Ristaino@ncsu.edu).

Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type Tenured/TT Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Open Rank Faculty, Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with education and experience
Position Number 00105145
Work Schedule 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0 FTE
Department 111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology
Department Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security, Chancellor's Faculty Excellent Program
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program is bringing some of the best and brightest minds to join NC State University’s interdisciplinary efforts to solve some of the globe’s most significant problems. Guided by a strong strategic plan and an aggressive vision, the cluster hiring program is adding new faculty members in select fields to add more breadth and depth to NC State’s already-strong efforts. The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program marks a major initiative of the university’s strategic plan, "The Pathway to the Future. Explore more information about the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program and this cluster at http://ncsu.edu/workthatmatters.

Essential Job Duties

As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University seeks four outstanding faculty at any rank to form a new interdisciplinary faculty cluster on Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security. Understanding the dynamics of and managing emerging plant diseases requires a collaborative approach with expertise in epidemiology, population biology, microbial evolution, geospatial modeling and bioinformatics. The new cluster faculty will develop basic knowledge in these areas and work collaboratively with several existing clusters to advance NC State University as a leader in addressing the challenges of emerging plant diseases and global food security.
The faculty cluster will develop new knowledge to understand the fundamental basis of emerging diseases caused by pathogens of plants – including the development of tools – enabling a more rapid response to contain and limit potential damage by emerging threats. The cluster will study plant pathogens and their arthropod vectors that transmit them in nature, in agriculture, and post-harvest making linkages from genomes to ecosystem processes. The cluster seeks faculty members with expertise in the following areas:
• Integration of ecology, epidemiology, population genomics or host-microbe interactions from the molecular to population levels to investigate the biology of emerging plant disease agents, including potential vectors, that threaten local and global food security,
• Engineering next generation devices for real-time detection of plant pathogens or pests that vector them (e.g., isothermal nucleic acid amplification assays; ligand binding-based methods; novel biosensors, nanodevices; volatile detection apparatus, or three-dimensional goggles) and deploy sensors using robotic devices or unmanned aerial vehicles.
• Data scientist focused on conducting cross-cutting research in population genomics, epidemiology and the evolution of emerging pests and pathogens using molecular, bioinformatics, and evolutionary tools to track sources of disease outbreaks at multiple levels of scale
• Geospatial analytics for spatially-explicit prediction of transmission pathways and deploying rapid response strategies to detect and limit potential damage by emerging threats including approaches that leverage frontiers in citizen science, crowdsourcing with mobile technologies, and engaging stakeholders.

Other Work/Responsibilities
Minimum Education/Experience

Minimum requirements include a PhD in a relevant field (such as plant pathology, entomology, biology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, statistics, math, geography, chemical and biomolecular engineering, computer science) from an accredited institution.

Departmental Required Skills

The candidates should have a strong capacity to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and become part of the integrated core team leading the Global Food Security Graduate Certificate Program. The capacity to mentor doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows is expected.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Priority will be given to candidates that have demonstrated interdisciplinary collaborations that cut across academic units. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus university goals.

The University is particularly interested in candidates with experience in working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

Required License or Certification

NA

Special Instructions

Applicants should attach a curriculum vitae, cover letter, contact information for references, and a statement of research goals relevant to the cluster. More information about the cluster can be found at: http://workthatmatters.ncsu.edu/emerging-plant-disease/

A comprehensive review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The target start date is August 2016; however, a mutually beneficial time may be negotiated. Questions about the position may be directed with a subject line “CFEPGFS inquiry to globalfoodsecuritycluster@ncsu.edu or Dr. Jean Ristaino (Jean_Ristaino@ncsu.edu).

Job Open Date 10/01/2015
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
08/01/2016
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date
AA/EOE

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 www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Monster.com
    • CareerBuilder.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you possess a PhD in a relevant field (such as plant pathology, entomology, biology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, statistics, math, geography, chemical and biomolecular engineering, computer science) from an accredited institution?
    • Yes
    • No

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for References
  4. Research Statement
Optional Documents