Assistant Professor Row Crop Agronomist
Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences: Plant & Environmental Sciences
Assistant Professor Row Crop Agronomist
Location: Florence, SC
The Clemson Agricultural Experiment Station and the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences at Clemson University is seeking to fill a 12-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to work in the area of row crop agronomy.
This new position (50% Extension and 50% Research) is located at the Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center, which is an integral part of Clemson University's Public Service Activities including the Agricultural Research and Forestry System and the Cooperative Extension Service. The 2300-acre Pee Dee Research & Education Center (PDREC), located near Florence, South Carolina, has state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and approximately 800-acres of land available for row crop research and demonstrations. The facility is supported by laboratory/field technicians and farm crew staff to help assist research scientists. Research at the PDREC is primarily focused on advanced plant technology and currently has strong, active breeding programs covering many summer and winter crops. Scientists at the PDREC include geneticists, plant breeders, entomologists, and plant pathologist working in field crops, commercial horticulture, and turfgrass.
Clemson University is recognized as a Top 25 public university by U.S. News and World Report. The successful candidate is expected to establish a nationally and internationally recognized, externally-funded, program addressing row crop agronomy issues of importance to South Carolina agriculture. Major row crops grown in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina include corn, soybean, cotton, peanut, small grains, sorghum, and tobacco, as well as many other crops. There will be a continuous need to develop innovative agronomic management practices necessary to maximize the productivity and benefits of the newest plant varieties. S/he will also be expected to serve as the Extension Tobacco Agronomist for South Carolina, conduct state-wide educational programs related to tobacco production in liaison with South Carolina Agronomy agents, and provide timely information and advice to South Carolina tobacco producers. The successful candidate will be expected to be active in graduate student training/mentoring, display excellence in grantsmanship, and provide timely communication of research findings through publication in relevant, peer-reviewed journals.
The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Plant and/or Soil Science with specialization in Agronomy, Crop Science, or a closely related field. A minimum of two years of in-field research experience with field row crop production is required, and a proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with individuals of diverse backgrounds and multiple disciplines is desired. Candidates should have excellent public speaking skills with the ability to clearly explain technical concepts to lay audiences.
To receive full consideration, please submit the following by May 31, 2019. the position will remain posted until filled: (1) a letter of interest with applicant's contact information; (2) a complete CV; (3) an unofficial transcript from all degree-granting institutions (BS, MS, Ph.D.); (4) contact information for five references; (5) a one-page research plan; (6) a one-page statement on extension experience and philosophy; and (7) a one-page statement on commitment to diversity. Applicants may request their candidacy remain confidential during the initial review process. If you have any question regarding the position or search process, please contact: Michael Jones, Chair, Row Crop Agronomy Search Committee [email protected] 843-519-0477.
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.