Primary Purpose of Position
The employee will carry out research on the project entitled "Soil health management for value-added hemp production", funded by USDA NIFA.
Duties and Responsibilities
The employee will report to the Assistant Professor in Soil Science and will be a member of his Soil Sustainability research group, supporting projects through original research, collaboration with other team members, and mentoring of students. The employee will also contribute to additional proposal efforts, thereby strengthening North Carolina A&T State University’s ability to attract external funding.
The employee’s principal research responsibilities will be to conduct field and laboratory experiments to evaluate the effect of different climate adaptive agronomic management practices (cover cropping, manure application, crop rotation etc.) on hemp performance, soil nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas emissions. Industrial hemp is a multipurpose and emerging high-value crop. North Carolina is in its 4th year of the hemp pilot program and NC A&T State University is well positioned to be one of the leading institutions for hemp research. The main goal of this position is to identify best management practices (BMP) with improved nutrient use efficiency for sustainable hemp production. The employee will confer with the Assistant Professor on overall research direction and strategy but will exercise a considerable amount of independent judgment and original thinking in carrying out research that contributes to original knowledge and advances the University’s reputation in research. The employee will publish research results, in collaboration with the Assistant Professor, in recognized journals. The employee will share student mentoring with the supervisor and will participate in departmental seminars and other professional activities as assigned.
Discretion and Independent Judgment
The employee will have already acquired a Ph.D. or equivalent acceptable degree and should be able to exercise scientific judgment on a day-to-day basis. The employee will evaluate incoming information in the form of experimental data and observations, written literature documentation, and oral communications, and will use this information to make judgments about what step(s) will next lead to progress in the project(s).
This employee will supervise other employees or student workers.
The employee will act independently and receive general guidance from the Assistant Professor.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has a rich history of innovation and application of cutting-edge technology. From our pioneering Laboratory Animal Science and Landscape Architecture programs to our award-winning Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Research programs, our faculty and staff serve today’s needs while keeping an eye on the future. With programs and expertise in such areas as biotechnology, agricultural and biosystems engineering, natural resources management, waste management, and food microbiology, the A&T College of Agriculture grows concurrently with the demand for qualified graduates. Our four academic departments are the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education; the Department of Animal Sciences; the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences; and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design. Within these departments, students will find a myriad of opportunities for classroom learning, research, and field work. Through our Agricultural Research Program and our Cooperative Extension Program, we are able to research issues of importance to North Carolina and provide research-based outreach training to citizens across the state and around the world.