Research Associate
Greensboro, NC 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description
Posting Details
Classification Information

Classification Type EHRA
Position Overview

Primary Purpose of Position
The research associate will conduct research on (I) recycling and valorizing agricultural wastes using anaerobic digestion, microalgae cultivation, and microbial fuel cells, (II) nanomaterials for enhancing biological conversion of agricultural wastes, and (III) mathematical modeling and data analytics for the prediction and control of the biological conversion processes. The research associate will confer with the Principal Investigator on overall research direction and assignments. The research associate is expected to exercise a considerable amount of independent judgment and original thinking in carrying out research that contributes to original knowledge and advances the University's reputation in research. The research associate will also publish research results, in collaboration with other researchers and students in high impact journals. The research associate will share responsibility in mentoring students and will participate in other professional activities as assigned. The selected candidate will be appointed to a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal for up to an additional two years.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has a rich history of innovation and application of cutting-edge technology. From our pioneering Laboratory Animal Science and Landscape Architecture programs to our award-winning Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Research programs, our faculty and staff serve today's needs while keeping an eye on the future. With programs and expertise in such areas as agricultural and biosystems engineering, biotechnology, natural resources management, waste management, and food microbiology, the A&T College of Agriculture grows concurrently with the demand for qualified graduates. Our four academic departments are the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education; the Department of Animal Sciences; the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences; and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design. Within these departments, students will find a myriad of opportunities for classroom learning, research and field work. Through our Agricultural Research Program and our Cooperative Extension Program, we are able to research issues of importance to North Carolina and provide research-based outreach training to citizens across the state and around the world.
Minimum Requirements
The selected research associate must have been awarded a minimum of a master degree in the field of biological engineering, agricultural engineering, chemical engineering, or relevant fields. Preference will be given to a candidate with a Ph.D. degree in the relevant fields.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
Preference will be given to candidates with a record of publication and presentation of research findings, research experience in anaerobic digestion, microalgae cultivation and microbial fuel cells, and experience with grant proposal writing and machine learning algorithms. The research associate should have a demonstrated research focus and competitive knowledge in value added processing of agricultural wastes, biobased products development and characterization, and bioprocess modeling and analysis.
Required License or Certification
Position Information

Working Title Research Associate
Position Number 008086
Recruitment Salary Range $45,000 - $48,000
FLSA Exempt
Position Type Administrators & Research
Appointment Type Time Limited - Full-time
Tenure Track No
FTE 40 hours/week, 12 months
If Time Limited, Appointment Length 09/30/2023
Organizational Division Natural Resources & Envir. Design
Organizational Location College of Ag & Environ Sciences
Organizational Unit Natural Resources & Envir. Design
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number EPA1442
Open Date 06/22/2022
Close Date - for postings that do not use Open Until Filled
Open Until Filled Yes
Open Until Filled Minimum Application Period Postings: Positions remaining posted after this date are continuing to accept applications, but may close at any time. Applications received by this date will receive full consideration, applications received after this date may receive consideration depending upon the status of the search
Date Position Available 08/01/2022
Special Instructions to Applicant
You must complete and submit an electronic application for employment to be considered. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing an electronic application. Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD 214 form. Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with your application during the process of applying to the job posting. Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. North Carolina A&T 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. North Carolina A&T State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. No one who applies or seeks employment will be denied admission to or employment at North Carolina A&T State University on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disabling condition, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or sexual orientation and sexual identity.

Employee Benefits include the following and more available to permanent employees;
  • Accrued Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Community Service Leave
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC - Health Benefits
  • NCFlex - Vision, Dental, Flexible Spending Account, Life Insurance and more
  • 11-12 Paid Holidays
  • Teachers and State Employees Retirement System (TSERS)
  • Optional Supplemental Plans - 401k, 403b, 457b and 457
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Campus Recreation Center Discount
  • University Bookstore Discount and more


Job Summary
Start Date
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
40 hours/week, 12 mo
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
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