Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity, North Carolina State University

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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES (CALS)

Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

GENERAL REQUIRMENTS:  Persons interested in the Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (post doc) opportunity must hold an earned PhD and meet all of the qualifications listed for their project of interest.  The post doc will also be required to teach one class per year based on his/her background and interests.  Additionally, the post doc will work on a project with the CALS Office of Diversity Affairs over the two-year period. Therefore, prior experience working with or volunteering with underrepresented minority populations is required. 

POSTDOCTORAL STIPEND: $40,000 to $45,000 per year PLUS benefits.  The post doc will also receive at least $2,500 for professional development.  By February 15, 2014, interested persons must contact the project leader of the project in which they are interestedInterested persons of Native American and African American decent are encouraged to contact the project leader. Also, in an effort to strengthen ties between land-grant institutions, interested persons with graduate degrees from 1890 or 1994 land-grant institutions are encouraged to contact the project leader.

POTENTIAL PROJECT: Assessing Food Waste and Product Loss in Local Food Supply Chains

Description:   The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a variety of faculty members from many departments in a large multi-disciplinary and multi- partner USDA funded NIFA AFRI Food Security project, focused on scaling up local food supply chains.  The Post-Doctoral candidate will investigate food waste and product loss from the production or farm level, through consumer markets and will include quantifying losses due to “out-grading” against customer specifications, crop damage, losses at the retail/wholesale level due to natural deterioration and shrinkage, transportation and handling damage, improper packaging, and spoilage at vegetable wholesalers/packers/shippers, at retail grocery stores, and within food service companies and their dining service customers.   Also the opportunity to develop waste- utilization strategies including composting, value added product development, etc.

Qualifications:  Candidates will be considered that have a PhD in a food systems related field, preferably with previous experience in assessing food waste and product loss along the supply chain, or utilizing food waste for other value-added enterprises., for example composting.  Because food waste and product loss can occur along the value chain from production to consumption, this post-doctoral fellow can have a background in a variety of fields from agricultural or biological sciences, engineering, geography, economics, etc.  The skills needed by this post-doc will include a broad understanding of vegetable production and local food systems, and preferably some business management and entrepreneurial skills and/or desire to understand how waste is generated within private businesses (including farms) and how to reduce waste and create value from waste.

Research Program Information:  Website link for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (www.cefs.ncsu.edu), and the NC Growing Together project (a USDA NIFA funded project) in which the research will support (www.ncgrowingtogether.org), and the faculty web pages for Dr. Creamer (http://cals.ncsu.edu/hort_sci/people/faculty/pages/creamer.php)  and Dr. Gunter (http://cals.ncsu.edu/hort_sci/people/faculty/pages/gunter.php).

Project Leaders:  Dr. Nancy Creamer, Distinguished Professor Sustainable Agriculture and Community Based Food Systems and Director, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, nancy_creamer@ncsu.edu, 919-515-9447 and Dr. Chris Gunter, Associate Professor Horticultural Science and Vegetable Crops Extension Specialist, chris_gunter@ncsu.edu, 919-513-2807.

For further information, please contact Dr. Creamer or Dr. Gunter at the phone numbers above.  To be considered for the Post Doctoral Fellowship, please submit a Cover Letter, CV, and names/numbers for three references to the emails above or by mail to:

Nancy Creamer and Chris Gunter
Center for Environmental Farming Systems/Horticultural Science Department
Campus Box 7609, NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695.