North Carolina State University
The Department of Applied Ecology within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at NC State University (NCSU) seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Risk Assessment. The position is a 12-month tenure-track appointment with 80% Extension (within NC Cooperative Extension), 10% research, and 10% academic (teaching) duties. The new faculty member will integrate with our Extension Toxicology focal area, and provide expertise and collaboration that will benefit CALS and our stakeholders. In particular, this person will fill a major gap in current expertise in human health and risk assessment by extending research, translation, and mitigation strategies related to contemporary topics of concern to NC citizens (and people throughout the region and nation) such as coal ash, PFAS, harmful algal blooms, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, endocrine disrupting compounds, excess nutrients and microbes, and aquatic diseases. North Carolina faces immediate and long-term challenges connected to a substantial number of agricultural and environmental contaminants and there is a strong need to better communicate with our stakeholders and the general public to help them understand, manage and mitigate associated risks. The new faculty member will be instrumental in the process of connecting stakeholders with NCSU scientists in times of crisis (e.g., major storms that lead to flood events and spread contaminants), as novel concerns are identified and studied (e.g., GenX), and as ongoing changes to our environment influence human and environmental health and well-being. For example, home garden plants, row crops, or livestock being grown with contaminated soil or contaminated water could be assessed and communicated by this new faculty member. This person will bridge CALS focal areas in water, soil, and food production (crops, livestock, fish) and will bring the human health risk expertise to our existing strengths in aquatic health risk assessment. The new faculty member will compete for extramural funding in the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and other federal or state-related programs that are currently outside of our purview, but needed by CALS.
A Ph.D. in environmental toxicology, epidemiology, public health, ecology or related area. Exposure assessment and environmental chemistry experience is desired. Preference will be given to individuals with experience in scientific communication and outreach.
For full announcement and to apply online visit: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/121642