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Assistant Professor – Precision Pest Ecology
North Carolina State University

  • Nov. 7, 2016
  • Open until filled
  • Available Immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Plant Pathology
    Biosystems Engineering
    Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General
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The Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University invites applications for a 12-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. This faculty position is located on the main campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has a 60% research and 40% extension appointment. The position carries responsibilities for research and extension relating to arthropod management in row crops (including cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, small grains, sorghum and sweetpotatoes) and requires a firm understanding of arthropod ecology, current pest management practices, and their interactions across multiple spatiotemporal scales in NC agroecosystems. The incumbent will be expected to develop an innovative research and extension program that includes the application of modern geospatial techniques from field- to landscape-scales to improve understanding of pest ecology in row-crop agroecosystems, and to apply those findings to advance sustainable insect management. Challenges in these production systems include: the increasing intensification of row crop production, effective utilization of precision agricultural technologies, development of pesticide resistance, continued establishment of invasive species, and increasing climatic variability. A successful program will deliver timely and relevant extension programming that is responsive to these challenges and addresses key stakeholder needs for multiple row crops within NC agroecosystems. Significant opportunities exist for collaboration with faculty in the Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Cluster, the Center for Geospatial Analytics, the NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management, and with staff of the NC agricultural research station network and cooperative extension agents. The incumbent will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research and extension program supported by external funding, and to mentor graduate students and participate in the academic programs of the department.

Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Entomology or field of study directly related to the position description; demonstrated expertise in applied arthropod management in agricultural crops and the application of landscape-level, geospatial approaches to understand pest ecology and management are required. Experience leveraging geospatial data for use in agricultural pest management, experience interacting with agricultural stakeholders in an extension context, and a clear understanding of and commitment to the development and implementation of a modern, effective extension program in row crop IPM are highly desirable. In addition to excellence in research aptitude, the incumbent is expected to have demonstrable skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relations, and procurement of extramural funding. The position includes a competitive and comprehensive compensation and start-up package. Review of applications will proceed until the position is filled. For further information, contact the Entomology & Plant Pathology Department Head, Dr. Eric Davis ( For a complete job description and details for submission of applications, please reference

  • NC State is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to NC State’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement and education. The successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups.

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  • Rick Davis
    Entomology and Plant Pathology
    North Carolina State University
    Campus Box 7626
    Raleigh, NC 27695
  • (919) 515-7984


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