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Department: 111501 - Horticultural Science
Location: Raleigh, NC
Essential Job 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 tenure-track Assistant Professor with a focal area in breeding nursery/landscape crops with formal appointments in teaching (25%) and research (75%).
We seek an individual to provide innovative leadership and expertise in plant breeding and genetics of nursery/landscape plants. This program will bridge basic plant science, conventional cultivar development and modern plant breeding techniques for crop improvement. The individual will establish a competitive, externally funded research program focused on the improvement of nursery/landscape crops in close collaboration with the JC Raulston Arboretum. Breeding objectives may include the development of new cultivars with enhanced tolerance to environmental stresses, improved pest resistance, non-invasiveness, and/or superior commercial traits. Other foundational/collaborative research may relate to screening germplasm (for resistance to diseases, insects, and environmental stresses); genomics and phylogenomics (for breeding and biotechnological applications); cytogenetics; gene editing and plant transformation; and applied propagation and production (for commercialization). Broad collaboration is expected.
This individual will teach courses (e.g., breeding asexually propagated plants, advanced plant propagation, and tissue culture, herbaceous perennial plants, etc.), depending on the individual's area of interest and departmental needs. Publishing in peer-reviewed journals, introducing new patented cultivars and advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students and staff are expected. Additionally, this individual will participate in university committees and programs. Outreach, interaction, and collaboration with private industry, commodity groups, Extension audiences, and the JC Raulston education programs will also be expected.
Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus are university goals. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.
Other duties as assigned and determined by the department head.
Requires doctor’s degree, an equivalent degree, or equivalent professional experience.
Excellent leadership abilities.
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
Experience teaching (e.g., demonstrated by course evaluations, student comments and a demonstration of curricular content developed).
Experience/skills in: plant taxonomy, systematics, phylogenomics, cytogenetics, molecular physiology of flowering, management of genetic resources, genomics, plant transformation, gene editing, plant patents and managing intellectual property, industry experience (production, commercialization, product development), entomology, plant pathology, stress physiology, experimental design, statistics, and grant writing.
Required license or certification:
Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.
Position Number: 00000164
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