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Clemson University
South Carolina
Posted: 03/5/2021
Assistant Professor - Vegetable Entomology
Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences: Plant & Environmental Sciences
Assistant Professor - Vegetable Entomology

Location: Charleston, SC

The incumbent will be expected to conduct research on insect and mite biology and ecology that leads to the development of economically and environmentally sustainable management programs for vegetable crops and strawberries in South Carolina and the southeastern United States. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, plant-arthropod interactions, arthropod biology and ecology, integrated and organic pest management, and emerging or newly introduced insect pests. This position is 70% Research, 30% Extension .The position does not have a formal teaching appointment, but the successful candidate will support the teaching program on campus by providing guest lectures in courses on topics related to her or his expertise.

The faculty member will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program and to supervise graduate student research. The incumbent will work closely with research and Extension personnel, local farmers, agricultural organizations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations to plan and develop pest management programs that support sustainable vegetable production. The faculty member will be expected to participate in the annual Southeastern Vegetable Extension Workshop to collaborate on development of regional arthropod management recommendations.

The successful candidate will be expected to communicate research results through refereed journal articles; oral presentations at county, statewide, regional and national meetings and workshops; and Extension publications available in a variety of media.

Clemson University is the flagship Land Grant University of South Carolina located on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Upper Piedmont of South Carolina, USA. Clemson University is recognized as a Top 25 public university by U.S. News and World Report.

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences is a multidisciplinary department within the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, with a strong commitment and contribution to the Land Grant mission of Clemson University. The department encompasses 54 faculty of various specializations in entomology, plant pathology, horticulture, soil science, weed science, and agronomy. The 110 undergraduates in the department are enrolled in three majors, Plant and Environmental Sciences, Horticulture, and Turfgrass, and 80 graduate students are enrolled in two M.S. and Ph.D. programs, Entomology, and Plant and Environmental Sciences. The faculty population is 26% women, 20% Asian, 4% Hispanic, and 2% African American. The graduate student population is 37% women, 32% international, and 1% each Asian, two or more races, and unknown.

The Coastal Research and Education Center (CREC), one of Clemson University's off-campus research sites, is located in Charleston, SC, on a 325-acre research complex. CREC is housed in the USDA's U.S. Vegetable Laboratory that provides state-of-the-art laboratory and genomics facilities. Charleston, founded in 1670, is a city rich with history, architecture, culture, and renowned cuisine. The Atlantic coastal environment supports diverse terrestrial and marine ecosystems.


Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in entomology or a related discipline. 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. Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills are required, as well as a general understanding of current vegetable production practices.


Application package should be submitted via Interfolio ( Please upload a single PDF file (Lastname.pdf) including :

1. Letter of interest with applicant's contact information;
2. A Curriculum Vitae.
3. A one-page Plan for Future Research;
4. A one-page statement of Extension Philosophy and Experience;
5. A one-page statement of Commitment to Promoting Diversity;
6. An unofficial transcript from the Ph.D. degree-granting institution; and
7. Names, titles, and contact information for at least three references;

Review of materials will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by March 31, 2021.

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

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