Plant Breeding Director

North Carolina State University

Raleigh , North Carolina

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

Crop & Soil Sciences is a Department with diverse disciplines that encompass research, extension and teaching related to soil science and theory and the genetic improvement, production and utilization of agronomic and turf-grass crops. Research in basic and applied science and the engagement and technology transfer to public and private sector practitioners.

Essential Job Duties

We are seeking a highly respected, dynamic, visionary senior scientist and recognized leader in plant breeding who will conduct research and teaching in the area of quantitative genetics / applied genomics and assume the role of Director of the North Carolina State University Plant Breeding Consortium. The successful candidate will have an exceptionally strong track record in grantsmanship, research team leadership, and be highly respected in both the academic and commercial breeding communities. The successful candidate will assume a role where leadership and the development of a shared vision are key. He/she will also have excellent relationships with private industry, USDA-ARS, and national and international plant breeding stakeholders.

The successful candidate will bring skills and expertise to grow the reputation of NCSU’s overall plant improvement and cultivar development programs through collaborative efforts with crop, vegetable, fruit, ornamental and tree breeding programs. He/she will have a leadership role in promotion of interdisciplinary research collaborations involving the departments of Crop and Soil Sciences, Horticultural Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Animal Science, Biological Sciences, Statistics, Forestry Plant and Microbial Biology and Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

The successful candidate will teach a modern graduate-level course in quantitative genetics / applied genomics related to genetic improvement of diverse species in conventional and distance education formats. Graduate student education is a major focus of the Plant Breeding Consortium and the successful candidate will provide leadership in obtaining funds for fellowships and assistantships, for special activities such as symposia and seminars, and for graduate student travel to scientific meetings and workshops.

The successful incumbent of this position can be housed in either The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, or the Department of Horticultural Science.

Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and university goals. The successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups. The Department, as well as NC State University are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Other Work/Responsibilities

This incumbent will need to travel off-site alone to observe research and must independently be able to travel from location to location without reliance on others or the advanced notice that is often required of alternative means of transportation.

Minimum Education/Experience

  • A Ph.D. in Plant, Crop, or Horticultural Science, or a closely related discipline.

Departmental Required Skills

  • Evidence of success in teaching, research and engagement/service is expected.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed research in internationally recognized journals.
  • Must have a strong record in grantsmanship and research team leadership.
  • Must be able to communicate and interact effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrators, relevant stakeholders and the public.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • Commitment to excellence in teaching, and research in a land-grant university,

Required License or Certification

  • A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.