Job Opening: Assistant Professor – Specialty Crops

Search committee members include: Jim Faust, Chair; Jeff Adelberg; Charles Privette; Guido Schnabel; Geoff Zehnder; ex officio: Richard Hassell and Powell Smith

The School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences (SAFES), within the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS) at Clemson University, is seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Specialty Crops. The position is a 9-month appointment (50% Teaching and 50% Research). The anticipated starting date is August 1, 2014. Clemson University is a Land Grant university located on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Upper Piedmont of South Carolina, USA. The 1,400 acre campus is part of the 18,000 acres of University Farms and Forests devoted to teaching and research. Included are the state-of-the-art Biosystem Research Complex Greenhouses and Calhoun Fields, an 80 acre agricultural research and demonstration site located on the main campus that is also utilized by the Student Organic Farm. Campus resources include excellent greenhouse, laboratory and genomics facilities. Clemson University is recognized as a Top 25 public university by U.S. News and World Report.

The successful candidate will develop 1. a nationally-recognized, externally-funded research program on specialty crops that includes sustainable food crop production in the area of vegetables and small fruits, and 2. a dynamic teaching program that complements the undergraduate and graduate plant science curriculum. Duties include significant contributions to student mentoring and advising, preparing our students for careers in the agricultural industry, academia, health and nutrition with local, state and federal government, and providing leadership in an interdisciplinary team focused on local food systems. This position will work closely with research and Extension personnel, on and off campus, to collaborate with local farmers, agricultural organizations, community leaders and with governmental and non-governmental organizations to plan and develop programs that support local food system development.

Qualified candidates should have a Ph.D. in Horticulture or related plant sciences. Preference will be given to candidates with post-doctoral research experience, evidence of research productivity, and potential to secure external funding to support an active research program.

Application Procedure

Please email a single PDF file (Lastname_SpecCrops.pdf) including 1. letter of interest with applicant’s contact information; 2. names, titles, and contact information for three references; 3. a one-page teaching philosophy; 4. a one-page research plan; 5. an unofficial transcript from the Ph.D degree-granting institution; and 6. a Curriculum Vitae to:

Dr. James E. Faust
Search Committee Chair
In care of Ms. Lisa Joseph
Administrative Assistant
School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences
132 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-0310

Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by January 06, 2014.

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