Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture - Power / Machinery, Agriculture - Research and Development, Agriculture - University / Academic
The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University invites qualified applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor Faculty position in the area of robotics, biosensors, and control systems engineering. Sustained population growth continues to require innovative agricultural practices including the use of affordable and efficient sensing and feedback technologies for agricultural operations. Robotics, 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, pesticides and nutrients, 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 bioimaging. Additionally, they should have experience with various controls including PLC’s and embedded controllers. The position will allow for more collaborative linkages with almost every department in CALS, the College of Engineering (COE), and numerous other departments on campus as well as outside stakeholder groups. The position will also play an integral role in the new Plant Sciences Initiative (PSI). 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. The candidate will teach an upper-level undergraduate and graduate level course on sensors and controls.
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 nationally-recognized research, extension, teaching, and graduate education program. Current registration and/or qualification for licensure as a professional engineer is highly desired. Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to NC State’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement, and education. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds, or incorporating diverse perspectives in research and extension.
To apply for this position, go to NC State Jobs Posting and provide: (i) cover letter; (ii) curriculum vitae; (iii) research statement incorporating a vision for how your research program could develop at NC State; (iv) extension philosophy, including potential impacts for North Carolina; (v) teaching philosophy and statement of teaching, and (vi) contact information for three references. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Dr. Gary Roberson, Suggs Distinguished Professor, email@example.com, 919-515-6715. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
About North Carolina State University, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
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 28 faculty, 19 professional staff, and 11 administrative/technical staff. Current research and extension areas include bioprocess engineering, controlled environments for agriculture, data analytics and integrated modeling, ecological engineering, environmental engineering, precision agriculture and machine systems engineering, and sustainable waste management. The department is currently ranked in the top 10 of undergraduate and graduate programs in biological/agricultural engineering by U.S. News and World Report.