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Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate Upon Experience

Work Schedule

May vary

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Forest Biomaterials

About the Department

The Department of Forest Biomaterials has responsibilities for teaching, research and extension activities. It awards undergraduate degrees in Paper Science and Engineering, and Sustainable Materials and Technology; and distance Masters, MS, and PhD degrees in Forest Biomaterials. The Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University is a full-service ecosystem advancing the future of biomaterials from educating future leaders to supporting industry and government research. It is part of the College of Natural Resources (CNR), where “the planet is our classroom,” and is also affiliated with the College of Engineering. CNR has a compelling 90+ year history of creating value at the intersection between the natural and built environments, and is a tight-knit community of passionate and caring people dedicated to improving the environments and communities in which we live, work, learn, and play. It is located on Central Campus, which is within walking distance to the Carmichael Gymnasium and Talley Student Center, as well as a variety of eateries, shops, and the WRAL Azalea Gardens. Affordable housing is nearby as well as recreational amenities such as walking trails, parks, and sports complexes.

NC State is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina, which U.S. News and World Report named as the second best U.S. city to live in. NC State is a leading land-grant public research university and is recognized as one of the best employers in the state. It has world-class library facilities, and its own High Performance Computing Center. NC State’s award-winning Centennial Campus is a short jaunt from Central campus, and contains more than 60 companies, government agencies, and non-profits intermingled with a variety of university research and academic units, as well as a lake with a fishing pier and an 18-hole golf course.

Essential Job Duties

The Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State University is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position that combines wood products extension (70%) with academic teaching, research, and service (30%). The successful candidate will be part of an eight-person sustainability team that consists of three Wood Products Extension faculty and five Sustainable Materials and Technology (SMT) academic faculty. This position is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, but the successful candidate will have to travel throughout North Carolina occasionally. The successful candidate will provide leadership in designing, implementing, and evaluating public educational programs consistent with the philosophy, policy, and overall educational objectives of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Major responsibilities include:
  • Develop an innovative, state-wide extension program for the wood products industry.
  • Perform discipline-guided inquiry that is in line with their Extension program.
  • Seek external funding in support of extension-relevant projects that support graduate students and expands the impact and reach of their extension program.
  • Teach one undergraduate class per year in the Sustainable Materials & Technology program.
  • Engage in service to the department, college, Cooperative Extension, university, and profession.

The preferred candidate will have a degree in Industrial Engineering or an aligned field (e.g. material science, wood science), with knowledge, skills, or industrial experience in one or more
of the following areas:
  • Advanced manufacturing of biomaterials.
  • Use of process data to improve efficiency, yield, and/or quality of processing of wood products.
  • Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to characterize and process materials, such as wood, natural fibers, composites, etc.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering, Wood Products, or closely related field.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Ability and desire to develop and conduct an effective extension and education program in cooperation with faculty, staff, and industry
  • A strong commitment to extension, academic, and research excellence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using innovative technology transfer techniques.
  • Potential to attract and secure funding for proposed scholarly and extension work from federal agencies and other sources.
  • Ability to develop and maintain contacts with relevant state, county, and municipal agencies and departments.
  • Willingness to drive extended distances statewide.
  • Ability to apply professional scheduling including the delivery of evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by programmatic and collaboration needs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in Advanced Manufacturing and Wood Products or related field.
  • Knowledge of industrially relevant manufacturing processes, strategies, and innovations.
  • A track record of work in the use of AI and data science for the development, assessment, and processing of materials, especially biomaterials.
  • Experience with automation, optimization, digital fabrication, and big data.
  • Knowledge of the Land Grant Mission and the role of Extension.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively in non-formal settings, including but not limited to demonstrations, workshops, and public events.

Required License(s) or Certification(s)

  • Valid Driver’s License

Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License required


Job Open Date


Anticipated Close Date

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include a cover letter, CV,  research statement, and teaching statement.

Position Number


Position Type

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

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



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Department ID

150301 - Forest Biomaterials


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 workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

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.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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