We are currently hiring a Program Coordinator for our new AgBioFEWS Research Training program.

Posting: Program Coordinator (SHRA)

Position #: 00107298

Job Summary:

We are searching for a program coordinator for our graduate training program “Agricultural Biotechnology in Our Evolving Food, Energy and Water Systems”.

This program is broadly interdisciplinary, including natural and social sciences as well as humanities. The Program Coordinator is responsible for day to day administration and planning under direct supervision of the program director. A large proportion of the job will involve interactions with doctoral students working toward degrees in disciplines ranging from public administration to molecular genetics. The program was just recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its National Research Traineeship (NRT) initiative. Because this 5-year program is just getting started, the person in this position will have the opportunity to contribute to growing and shaping the program. To integrate into the program, the Program Coordinator will participate in classes and activities.


Recruitment of students

The Program Coordinator will need to:

  • Design and carry out a marketing plan for our program to other universities and colleges through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc), email and phone contacts with faculty and administrators.
  • Enhance a section of our Genetic Engineering and Society Website as a recruitment tool.
  • Communicate with potential applicants and connect these applicants with appropriate NRT faculty.
  • Coordinate application process with those of PhD graduate programs in five NCSU colleges.
  • Maintain communication with applicants throughout the recruiting period.
  • Develop and maintain filing system for applications.
  • Work with faculty recruitment/admissions committee to select students for group interview visits and arrange travel, accommodations and campus venues for visits.

Course arrangements

The Program Coordinator will need to:

  • Schedule program related courses
  • Work with course instructors to make travel and other arrangements for July-August field course in Eastern North Carolina.
  • Provide logistical course support during the field course and other courses.
  • Assist in developing materials for the field course as well as courses taught on campus.
  • Assist with logistics of campus courses and the weekly colloquium
  • Student and program coordination

The Program Coordinator therefore will need to:

  • Assist students with applying for NC residency, fellowship payments, and coordinating NRT and departmental responsibilities.
  • Track appointments of graduate students to the program.
  • Maintain files and progress reports for all students
  • Assess special academic and personal needs of individual students
  • Assist with design and implementation of student assessment plan
  • Coordinate logistics of student group projects
  • Create and maintain contacts with external program stakeholders (farmers, conservation groups, industry)
  • Coordinate logistics for visits of outside seminar speakers and external advisory committee members
  • Make arrangements for NRT meetings
  • Develop materials for annual NSF assessment and external evaluation of program
  • Assist executive committee members with tasks.
  • Assist subcommittees with tasks.
  • Take meeting notes and write reports for NSF and others

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AgBioFEWS PhD Fellowship

AgBioFEWS is a National Science Foundation funded graduate research training program offering PhD candidates across multidisciplinary fields of study the opportunity to examine the science, policy, and public engagement aspects and impacts of Agricultural Biotechnology on Food, Energy, and Water.

Program Fellows receive a PhD in a natural/social science, or humanities graduate program (see options), and a graduate minor in Genetic Engineering and Society, and will:

  • Embark on their studies embedded with NC farms, with later opportunities for international internships
  • Collaborate on an interdisciplinary cohort project
  • Take advanced interdisciplinary graduate courses and incorporate AgBioFEWS into thesis
  • Receive $34,000 stipends

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 1, 2019

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