Assistant Professor – Small Grains Breeder in Crop and Soil Sciences

North Carolina State University

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Posting Information

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Assistant Professor – Small Grains Breeder in Crop and Soil Sciences

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday / 40 hours/week

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Crop and Soil Sciences

About the Department

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences encompasses diverse disciplines in research extension and teaching. The department’s mission is to develop future leaders in crop, soil, and environmental sciences, improve crop plants and products, devise effective and sustainable crop production systems, devise effective and sustainable soil management techniques in both agriculture and urban settings; and disseminate crop, soil, and environmental science knowledge for the benefit of users and producers of food, feed turf, biofuels and fiber in North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Essential Job Duties

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce recruitment for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor in Small Grains Breeding, with formal appointments in Research (80%) and Academic (20%). This position reports to the Department Head of Crop and Soil Science.

The incumbent is expected to develop and lead an externally funded, nationally recognized research program focused on the breeding and cultivar development of small grains that are important to the state of North Carolina and beyond. Wheat will be the crop of primary responsibility, but may also include additional species (e.g. oats, triticale, malting barley, rye) depending on the needs of the NC grower community. The incumbent is expected to integrate traditional breeding tools with advanced molecular breeding technologies to ensure the continued development of successful commercial varieties of small grains with enhanced quality, yield, disease and insect resistance and resilience to the changing climate. Other expectations include the coordination of the genomic selection-based wheat cultivar development efforts of the seven-university SunGrains Breeding Cooperative.

The successful candidate will contribute to NC State’s academic programs in plant breeding and genetics by developing and teaching a 3-credit course determined by the needs of the department and the candidate’s area of expertise. They will also be expected to publish their research findings in refereed journals, mentor graduate students and postdocs, and provide service to professional societies and organizations outside of the University as appropriate to their disciplinary area. The incumbent will be expected to work independently, as well as in multi-disciplinary teams with other faculty from the College and Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as personnel from cooperating universities, institutions, agencies, and organizations.

Other Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned and determined by the department head.


Minimum Education and Experience

  • PhD in plant breeding, genetics or related field
  • Expertise in conventional plant breeding methods
  • Strong background in advanced genomic and phenotypic selection technologies

Other Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated publication record as either first or corresponding author
  • Demonstrated potential in procuring external funding
  • Mentoring and training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
  • Commitment to service on departmental and/or college committees, and professional societies and other organizations relevant to their discipline
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative research

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years or more of postdoctoral experience

Required License(s) or Certification(s)

  • A valid driver’s license is required for travel and must be maintained. Valid Driver’s License and the ability to obtain an NC Driver’s License within 60 days of hire.
  • The incumbent will need to operate a 1/2 ton truck and drive a personal or state/departmental vehicle to attend extension events.

Valid NC Driver’s License required


Commercial Driver’s License required


Recruitment Dates and Special Instructions

Job Open Date


Anticipated Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

In addition to your application, please submit the following documents: Cover Letter, CV, and Contact information (names, email addresses, telephone numbers) for at least three (3) professional references.

Applications will be accepted until an acceptable candidate is identified.

Position Details

Position Number


Position Type

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



9 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation – Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory – Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation – Emergency Events

Mandatory – Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?


Department ID

110901 – Crop and Soil Sciences


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 are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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