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Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics in Forest Health

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Note: 3 to 4 contact information for references are needed.

Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type Tenured/TT Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics in Forest Health
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range $80,000 to $90,000
Position Number 00004592
Work Schedule Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 150417 - Forest Biotech Program
Department Forest Biotech Program
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The purpose of the Forest Biotechnology Group is to engage in research that promotes innovation in basic science and applies new discoveries and technology to advance practical problems of forest trees. This purpose is implemented through research, scientist training, and technology transfer. Interactions with other research groups, at NC State University and worldwide, contribute to meeting these goals. The research is carried out with support from federal competitive grants and from industries.

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources ( has 61 full time teaching and research faculty with a wide variety of strengths in forestry and natural resources management, tree improvement, silviculture, policy, and economics, environmental technology, fisheries and wildlife, forest biotechnology, international forestry, biodiversity, conservation and restoration ecology, and geographic information systems. The Department offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees, and currently has 650 undergraduate and 246 graduate students. Active research programs within the Department generate about $6 million annually in extramural funds. North Carolina State University is one of the nation’s leading public land-grant universities with a total enrollment of approximately 34,000 students. The university is located in the capital city of Raleigh ( and Additional information about the department and university can be found at and

The College of Natural Resources (CNR) at North Carolina State University is a world leader in the sustainable use of natural resources. The college’s comprehensive approach to teaching, research and service encompass the many and varied ways in which people’s physical, economic and social needs are met through the wise use of natural resources.
Essential Job Duties

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University invites applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track position in Forest Molecular Genetics at the Assistant Professor level; the appointment is 60% research, 30% teaching and 10% service. The candidate should be fluent in genome-scale, systems-level, novel genetic engineering, or advanced genomic and biochemical approaches to address important research questions in forest health.

Essential duties are:

Teaching and Mentoring Responsibilities: The candidate is expected to teach: (I) an undergraduate interdisciplinary course integrating forest health, tree molecular biology, genetics, and biotechnology and (II) a graduate-level course in the applicant’s area of specialization in alternate years. The candidate also will be responsible for advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Research Responsibilities: The candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized, externally-funded research program in forest molecular biology, genetics and genomics. The candidate is strongly encouraged to collaborate with faculty in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Department of Forest Biomaterials, other Colleges, and interdisciplinary programs, and contribute to the further development of plant science as an area of excellence on the North Carolina State University campus.

Service Responsibilities: The candidate is expected to serve on academic (e.g. departmental, college, and university) and professional society committees and activities.

Other Work/Responsibilities
Minimum Education/Experience

PhD in Genetics, Biotechnology or related areas.

Departmental Required Skills

The candidate should be fluent in genome-scale, systems-level, novel genetic engineering, and advanced genomic and biochemical approaches to address important research questions in forest health sciences, biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, or molecular plant-stress interactions. Specifically, the candidate should have: (1) a proven track record of high-impact publications, (2) demonstrated experience or potential to attract external funding, (3) demonstrated potential for productive collaboration with other scientists to develop new, innovative and interdisciplinary research, (4) excellent problem-solving and oral and written communication skills; and (5) desire to collaborate in teaching, research, and service missions of NC State.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

The successful candidate should have at least two years of post-doctoral experience. S/he should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: molecular genetics and genomics; molecular and genetic regulation of biotic and abiotic stress response in forest tree species, genome editing/novel genetic engineering; integrative systems-level analysis of “omics”; and/or regulation of tree growth and development.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions

Note: 3 to 4 contact information for references are needed.

Job Open Date 04/03/2017
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.
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date 08/16/2017

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.

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Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have doctor's degree, an equivalent degree, or equivalent professional experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • 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
  3. * If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for References
  4. Brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Research Interests
Optional Documents