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Professor of the Practice, Product & Industrial Design

NC State University, Dept. of Forest Biomaterials k

Raleigh, NC

Jul 12
Job Description

The Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University requests applications for a new faculty position in product and industrial design with a focus on the use of sustainable materials and technologies. This position will be a non-tenure track, 12-month appointment as an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of the Practice, and will commence in Spring 2020.

The successful candidate is expected to assume a leadership role at NCSU in developing new directions in sustainable product/industrial design. The appointee will demonstrate (a) the capacity for conducting unique creative work that emphasizes sustainable design pursued through technological, environmental, and/or economic innovation, and equitable distribution of resources; (b) the ability to teach a combination of practice-based studio classes and large lecture courses; and (c) the skill to collaboratively participate in the activities, service, and life of the department, university, and the broader academic, professional, commercial and public communities.

Minimum Education/Experience:
• PhD or terminal degree in industrial design, industrial engineering, wood products, mechanical engineering or related field.
• Relevant background for teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
• Capacity to design products using sustainable materials and technologies.
• Ability to operate and supervise the use of equipment typically found in modern fabrication shops including routers, lathes, saws, etc.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:
• Demonstrated experience working with industry
• Ability to obtain externally funded projects.
• Demonstrated history of innovation.
• Excellent oral, visual and written communication skills

About the Department of Forest Biomaterials: The Department of Forest Biomaterials is part of NC State University's College of Natural Resources and offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in Sustainable Materials and Technology and in Paper Science and Engineering. We are located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and our activities include teaching, research, extension programming, continuing education, and technical services that benefit the wood products, housing, biomaterials, paper and pulp, and bioenergy industries.

Candidates should apply online at Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to the Chair of Search Committee Dr. David Tilotta (

AA/EOE: 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.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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NC State University, Dept. of Forest Biomaterials

The Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State’s College of Natural Resources is home to one of the oldest and most respected paper science and engineering programs in the world and a new cutting-edge program in sustainable materials and technology. We are passionate global leaders in innovative forest biomaterials research, educators of tomorrow’s industry leaders, and creators of professional development training for current professionals. We not only deliver a modern and impactful curriculum to our students — we create sustainable solutions to address the materials and energy resources issues facing society. Since our founding in 1929, we’ve been known for research and educational excellence, biomass utilization and sustainable biomaterials, and novel and innovative solutions to industry challenges. We serve the public, support the land-grant mission of NC State University, translate and apply research that drives discovery and generates value, advance knowledge through science, and educate and train future leaders.