Assistant Professor Plant Nematology

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Assistant Professor Plant Nematology

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Apr 15, 2019

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University is seeking to fill a 9-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level (70% research and 30% teaching) to work on nematode diseases of plants.

The position is located on the main campus in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson University is an R1 Land Grant University located on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the upper Piedmont region 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. Clemson University is recognized as a Top 25 public university by U.S. News and World Report.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, innovative, and extramurally-supported research program in fundamental and applied Plant Nematology, focused on nematodes affecting economically important plants in South Carolina and the southeastern United States. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with other faculty members in the department and college and to interact with stakeholders, commodity groups, and other teams of like-minded colleagues in the region and around the country. There is an expectation of excellence in grantsmanship, timely communication of research findings through publication of peer-reviewed journal articles, and active participation in training and mentoring of graduate students and postdocs. Teaching responsibilities include a graduate course in Plant Nematology, coordination of a team-taught summer course on Plant Disease Diagnosis, and an undergraduate course based on the incumbent’s interests and the needs of the department. In addition to the above responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to continue teaching the internationally renowned Plant Nematode Identification Course—a week-long course designed to train diagnosticians, consultants, and other practitioners—and to maintain the collection of living nematodes that has been assembled specifically for this course. S/he is also expected to assist the Clemson University Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic in processing soil samples submitted for nematode analysis, which includes extraction, quantification, and identification of nematodes. This is an essential and valuable service to South Carolina farmers and homeowners. Clients pay fees for both the Identification Course and diagnostic service, which generates revenue for the Nematology program.


The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Nematology, or a closely related field. The candidate must also have strong oral and written communication skills to convey information to different audiences (e.g. colleagues, farmers, and students). Additional experience beyond graduate school is desirable but not required. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following by June 21, 2019 to be considered for this position. However this position will remain posted until filled: (1) a letter of interest with applicant’s contact information; (2) a complete curriculum vitae or resume; (3) an unofficial transcript from all degree-granting institutions (BS, MS, PhD); (4) contact information for five references; (5) a one-page research plan; and (6) a one-page statement on teaching experience and philosophy. In addition, submit electronic/digital copies of reprints of three recent publications separately via email to the Chair of the Search Committee. Applicants may request their candidacy remain confidential during the initial review process. Application-Interview Timeline: This position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on or around June 21, 2019. We anticipate preliminary Skype or Zoom interviews occurring the last week of June 2019 and on-campus interviews occurring in July 2019. If you have any question regarding the position or search process, please contact: Guido Schnabel, Ph.D. Chair, Nematology Search Committee at [email protected] 864-656-6705




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Posted: 4/24/2019
Application Due: 11/24/2019
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