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Applied Microbiologist for Poultry Integrated Systems
NC State University

Date Posted Nov. 21, 2019
Title Applied Microbiologist for Poultry Integrated Systems
University NC State University
Raleigh, NC, United States
Department Prestage Department of Poultry Science
Application Deadline Dec. 15, 2019
Position Start Date Negotiable
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Poultry Science
    Animal Science
    Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General

Faculty Position Description
Applied Microbiologist for Poultry Integrated Systems
Prestage Department of Poultry Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
NC State University Raleigh NC (USA)

The Prestage Department of Poultry Science (PDPS) at NC State University is seeking an Applied Microbiologist and Extension Specialist for Poultry Integrated Systems. North Carolina ranks first among US States in farm cash receipts for poultry and egg production. The production of broilers, turkeys, and eggs collectively make up the largest sector (41.8% or over $5 billion) of North Carolina’s total farm income. The NC poultry industry produces over 126,933 jobs and is estimated to contribute $36.6 billion to the state’s GDP.

The Prestage Department of Poultry Science at NC State University is dedicated to supporting the poultry industry and consumers. Currently the PDPS is the only program in the world with a "mini-integration" infrastructure that enables the training of students and the pursuit of research on all aspects of the modern commercial poultry production system. The PDPS is the only institution that has a Feed Mill Educational Unit, Poultry and Egg Processing Laboratories, Chicken Education Unit, Turkey Education Unit, Poultry Teaching Unit, and Animal and Poultry Waste Management Processing Facility. The PDPS mini-integration system has the unique ability to link issues in any area of the poultry industry to factors in other area(s) of the industry. This provides PDPS with the opportunity to conduct industry relevant scenarios, collect integrated data, and provide real-world solutions.

The key duties of this faculty position are to develop an extension, research, and teaching program consistent with the needs of the North Carolina commercial poultry industry in the area of applied microbiology consistent with the individual’s area(s) of expertise. The expectation for this faculty member is to provide expertise related to improving the safety of the food supply and poultry health associated with integrated poultry production. The faculty member will create a program related to microbial infections/contaminations and microbial toxins and their risks to poultry and humans, microbial agent sampling and biomapping, antimicrobial resistance among foodborne pathogens and best practices for the judicious use of antibiotics in poultry, as well as addressing the State and Federal rules and regulations governing the treatment of these animals.

The faculty member will secure extramural funding to support research and extension/outreach programs and collaborate with other departmental and University faculty to generate multidisciplinary research. The successful candidate is expected to develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level and mentor, advise and direct graduate students. The successful candidate will have a track record of extramural funding, publications, and excellent oral and written communication skills. The candidate will work closely with the commercial poultry industry as well as interact with other departmental and University faculty, NC cooperative extension service faculty, agribusiness colleagues, and representatives of government agencies. The University appointment for this 12 month, tenure track (assistant or associate professor) faculty position will be 60% extension, 30% research, and 10% teaching.

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.

In order to be considered for this position, please submit an application at Review of applications will start September 2019 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. For more information, contact Search Committee Chair: Dr. Robert Beckstead (919- 515-5399;

  • 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 the 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. 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.

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Contact Information

  • Robert Beckstead, Search Committee Chair
    Prestage Department of Poultry Science
    NC State University
    Box 7608
    NC State University
    Raleigh, NC 27695-7608
  • 919- 515-5399


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