Assistant Professor in Biosensors and Control Systems
North Carolina State University
January 31, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
Full Time - Entry Level
Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture - Biological Engineering, Agriculture - Information & Electrical Technology, Agriculture - Power / Machinery
The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering ( http://www.bae.ncsu.edu ) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina State University invites qualified applicants for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Biosensors and Control Systems Engineering (50% Research, 35% Extension, and 15% Academic). Sustained population growth continues to require innovative agricultural practices including the use of affordable and efficient sensing and feedback technologies for agricultural operations. Biosensing, control and network technology in agricultural operations have grown rapidly in the last 20 years and are expected to remain among the major drivers of productivity. This is particularly true in high value crops and organic systems where hand labor is often the largest cost driver. This new position will develop an innovative research, extension, and teaching program centered on the development of biosensors and control systems for various applications in agriculture including detecting and quantifying microbial and chemical contaminants in food and water, livestock monitoring, crop/plant monitoring, cultivation and the control of harvesting and handling. Potential research areas are numerous for this position; examples include, but not limited to, wireless sensors and sensor networks and controls for food packaging and inspection, environmental monitoring, precision irrigation, variable rate application of water and pesticides, pest and disease detection in crops, machine and process control, facility automation, traceability, and precision livestock farming (PLF) (e.g., animal identification and health monitoring). It is anticipated that candidates for this position will be experts in sensors, networks, and/or bioimaging. Additionally, they should have experience with various controls like PLC’s and embedded controllers. The position will allow for more collaborative linkages with almost every department in CALS, COE, and numerous other departments on campus as well as outside stakeholder groups. The research will be applied to extension programs that will benefit and promote the agricultural and food-processing industry in North Carolina, will help insure a safer food supply and lead to a greater promotion of public health through these efforts.
The successful applicant should interface with research and extension faculty in the Departments of Crop and Soil Science, Horticultural Science, Animal Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and/or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, among others. Applicants should demonstrate effective teaching capability to address the department’s emphasis in multiple concentration areas such as machine systems and precision agriculture, bioprocessing, postharvest engineering, ecological engineering, and environmental engineering. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering or an equivalent engineering discipline. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the potential to build a strong research, extension, and teaching program. Current registration and/or qualification for licensure as a professional engineer is highly desired. To apply for this position, go to the NC State Jobs Website. A complete application includes: (1) cover letter specifically addressing the candidate qualification for the position; (2) statement of Research and Outreach philosophy; (3) statement of Teaching philosophy; (4) Curriculum Vitae; (5) Complete transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application package; however, official transcripts will be required at the time of hiring); and (6) names and contact information for three professional references. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Dr. Mike Boyette, Search Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org (919-515-6790). Review of applications will begin March 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
About North Carolina State University
The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering provides leadership for the development and dissemination of engineering knowledge to promote efficient utilization of biological and agricultural systems with sustainable management and preservation of natural resources. The program offers two four-year undergraduate programs, a graduate program, and a certificate program. The Biological Engineering program is jointly administered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Engineering (COE) at NC State University. The Department currently has 26 faculty, 15 professional staff, and 17 administrative/technical staff. Current research and extension areas include air quality, bioprocess engineering, data analytics and integrated modeling, ecological engineering, machine systems engineering, postharvest management, precision agriculture, waste management, and water resources engineering.