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Plant Abiotic Stress Biochemist

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Candidates should submit: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement incorporating a vision for developing a strong research program at NC State, teaching philosophy and statement of teaching interests, including potential course offerings, and contact information for 3 professional references.

Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type Tenured/TT Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Plant Abiotic Stress Biochemist
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience
Position Number 00061931
Work Schedule 40 hours week (hours vary)
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 118401 - Biochemistry
Department College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The fundamental mission of the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at NC State University is the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge through original and innovative research, instruction, and outreach. The department promotes a culture of interdisciplinary team research, through which we strive to achieve the goals of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) to solve grand challenges in food security, environmental stewardship, sustainability in agriculture and energy, and human health. Teaching in the department balances an interdependence of formal classroom instruction with laboratory instruction and experience in research methods. Classroom instruction and laboratory research incorporate a variety of model organisms to examine all levels of biological organization from the atomic/molecular to the organismal. Our didactic excellence in biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics is exemplified in a high quality undergraduate bachelors degree program, and in rigorous masters and doctoral graduate programs.

Essential Job Duties

The Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at North Carolina State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position, at the Assistant Professor rank, in the broad area of plant abiotic stress with an emphasis on metabolic responses. The position will be 80% research and 20% teaching, which is a typical split for primarily research programs in the department.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous and independently funded research program centered on transformative research in plant abiotic stress-induced metabolic responses. Aspects of research may include metabolic regulation in response to abiotic stress (primary and secondary metabolism), maintenance of homeostasis during stress, post-transcriptional regulation, post-translational modification and protein stability, regulation of protein activity and location, and epigenetic changes responding to abiotic stress.

This position will have opportunities to collaborate with biochemistry faculty who have expertise in plant abiotic stress responses, as well as the numerous research programs in plant biology that are focused on plant abiotic stress responses at the metabolic level, including programs in Plant and Microbial Biology, Crop and Soil Sciences, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Entomology, Forestry, and the Plants for Human Health Institute. The position will complement and benefit from the newly launched Plant Science Initiative, an innovative multidisciplinary systems-oriented research center that will become the headquarters for solutions to global challenges in agriculture.

Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the College and University as a whole. Therefore, the successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is respectful and welcoming of all groups. The department will begin reviewing applications November 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Other Work/Responsibilities
Minimum Education/Experience

Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a related field, a minimum of two years’ postdoctoral or equivalent experience, and excellent qualifications in research and education.

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 traditional academic units. Demonstrated inclusiveness and experience promoting diversity, as well as classroom instruction, mentoring, and grant submission are highly desirable.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions

Candidates should submit: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement incorporating a vision for developing a strong research program at NC State, teaching philosophy and statement of teaching interests, including potential course offerings, and contact information for 3 professional references.

Job Open Date 08/14/2017
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 07/01/2018

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. * 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
  2. 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. Research Statement
  4. Brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Research Interests
  5. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents