The successful candidate should have a demonstrated record of scholarship and clear potential to develop a high quality, extramurally funded research program. Priority will be given to candidates that have demonstrated interdisciplinary collaborations, with publications and expertise in convergence science across fields. The candidates should also be able to teach at the graduate levels and mentor graduate students and postdocs.

Participation in teams that help develop proposals to advance interdisciplinary research in emerging plant diseases is expected (i.e. NSF Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Preparedness Phase 2 grant anticipated submission fall 2023). The successful candidate will also become part of the integrated core team of the cluster that is part of the Plant Science Initiative at NC State.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in plant pathology, plant biology, plant pathogen genomics, ecology and or evolutionary biology, or a relevant field and demonstrated expertise in use of population genomics to track emerging Phytophthora species or fungal pathogens by the time of employment.

“Other Responsibilities” section”

Hires will be expected to provide key leadership in the Emerging Plant Disease Cluster at the university level, teach in existing courses, and develop a specialized course that includes their area of expertise including co leading an “Emerging Pathogen Threats” colloquium.

“Other required qualifications” section:

Candidates must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with others. Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to success at NC State and in engagement outside the university, and the selected candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups.

“Preferred qualifications” section:

Priority will be given to individuals with demonstrated successful research programs and collaboration as a member of an interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary team.

“Special Instructions to Applicants” section: (Please also replace this information in the box at the top of the job posting, if it is not automatically updated.)

Interested candidates should submit:

● a cover letter describing their (1) prior interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary research efforts and (2) how their research, teaching, mentoring, diversity, equity, and inclusion philosophy address the goals of the Emerging Plant Disease cluster

● CV

● 2-3 page research plan

● Contact information for 3 references

Review of applications will begin immediately (January 1) and will continue until the position is filled. The target start date is August 2023; however, a mutually beneficial time may be negotiated.

Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Jean Ristaino (

Hiring may occur at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor ranks.

The home department is anticipated to be in one of the three participating colleges (College of Sciences, College of Forestry and Natural Resources and or The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and will be determined based on candidates credentials, interest, and research expertise.

The application materials should be directly submitted to 

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. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application process please call (919) 515-3148.

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