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Job Announcement: Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD)

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD) at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking applications for a limited-term, Non-Tenure Track Assistant Research Professor/Associate Director position. The full job description is available here.

The position involves an academic appointment at the Assistant Research Professor level on a non-tenure track basis and is renewable annually conditional on funding, with a 25% Research and 75% Extension split.

The individual will lead the Center’s outreach oriented activities in consultation with the Director by (1) fostering relationships among Northeast land grant universities and rural development partners; (2) identifying and responding to opportunities for cross-state collaborations and sharing of programs; (3) developing and implementing educational programs, including translating scientific findings into practice; (4) and securing grants and conducting nationally recognized research consistent with the Center’s mission.

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