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Open Rank Faculty, Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities, Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program

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Candidates should submit of their curriculum vitae, a letter of intent, a research statement (maximum of 3 pages), teaching interests (maximum of 2 pages), and the names and addresses of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. The target start date is August 2017, however, a mutually beneficial time may be negotiated. Questions about the positions or the Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities cluster should be directed to Dr. Michael Hyman (mrhyman@ncsu.edu) or Dr. Chase Beisel (cbeisel@ncsu.edu).

Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type Tenured/TT Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Open Rank Faculty, Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities, Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with education and experience
Position Number 00105148
Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (typically)
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Department 110801 - Plant & Microbial Biology
Department Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities, Chancellor's Faculty Excellence 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.” NC State will soon complete its first cohort of twelve clusters with 41 hires to date. This success led to a commitment to establish eight new clusters consisting of 33 additional interdisciplinary faculty hires. We invite you to explore more information about the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program at https://facultyclusters.ncsu.edu/ and this cluster at https://facultyclusters.ncsu.edu/clusters/microbiomes-and-complex-microbial-communities/.

Life on Earth is sustained by countless microbial communities occupying habitats ranging from the ocean floor to the digestive tracts of insects. The microbiomes of multicellular organisms have been directly linked to development and health, whereas free-living communities are the basis for important applied microbial processes such as wastewater treatment, fermentation, bioremediation and biofuel production. NC State already has many institutional capabilities needed to effectively study microbiomes and other complex microbial communities, and many NC State faculty currently address the roles of microorganisms in a variety of environmental settings. However, the university lacks a core group of faculty who can fully integrate use of these existing tools and resources and who focus on characterizing, modeling, and engineering microbiomes and complex microbial communities. The aim of the Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities cluster is to fill this existing gap.

The cluster will focus on developing the next generation of tools and capabilities to probe the molecular mechanisms underlying microbial community interactions; to manage, analyze, interpret and model the enormous amounts of data generated by microbiome studies; and to begin simulating and assembling synthetic communities. The cluster will particularly focus on microbial communities associated with crop plants, farm animals, insects and the environment, thereby building upon NC State’s existing strengths in agriculture, animal science, and biotechnology. The cluster seeks to establish NC State as an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary center of excellence in the analysis and engineering of plant, animal, and insect microbiomes as well as the complex microbial communities in soil and water environments.

Essential Job Duties

As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University seeks a total of four faculty scholars with interdisciplinary skills to enhance the University’s expertise in the study of Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities. This faculty cluster will build on NC State’s existing strengths in agriculture and biotechnology and will address current limitations in microbiome research, with a focus on microbial communities associated with crop plants, farm animals, insects, and the environment.

The cluster seeks to hire a diverse and preeminent group of four faculty members at either the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank. Appropriate areas of research interest for these positions are broad but include (1) microbial ecology, (2) “omics” technologies, (3) big data analysis/computational modeling and (4), microbiome engineering. Experience or interest in non-human microbiomes is highly desired.

Other Work/Responsibilities
Minimum Education/Experience

Successful candidates will possess a minimum of a Ph.D. in a relevant field.

Departmental Required Skills

Strong capacity to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including mentoring of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

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

Required License or Certification

n/a

Special Instructions

Candidates should submit of their curriculum vitae, a letter of intent, a research statement (maximum of 3 pages), teaching interests (maximum of 2 pages), and the names and addresses of three references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. The target start date is August 2017, however, a mutually beneficial time may be negotiated.

Questions about the positions or the Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities cluster should be directed to Dr. Michael Hyman (mrhyman@ncsu.edu) or Dr. Chase Beisel (cbeisel@ncsu.edu).

Job Open Date 10/06/2015
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.
01/01/2017
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 have a Ph.D. in a field relevant to the position?
    • Yes
    • No

Application Materials Required

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