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Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics (Tenure Track)

Clemson University
Florence, South Carolina

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Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences: Plant & Environmental Sciences
Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics (Tenure Track)

Location: Florence, SC

Breeding and Genetics for Improved Nutritional Quality, Flavor, and Stress Tolerance of Vegetables
Location: Pee Dee Research and Education Center (PDREC), Florence, SC (
Appointment: 100% Research, 9-month

Advances in biochemistry, metabolomics, metabolic engineering, and genomic sequencing for high-value vegetable crop species are opening new and valuable research opportunities for plant breeding. This vegetable breeding and genetics position will have responsibility for conducting innovative research exploring genetic/epigenetic/quantitative variation in plants and the association with phenotypic variation in traits relating to human health and nutrition and tolerance to biotic or abiotic stress. The successful candidate should have experience in accelerating crop improvement through genomics-enabled plant breeding. Possible outputs would include vegetable crops with new nutritional and health-promoting functions or improved nutrient bioavailability, better understanding of the chemistry of flavors and texture, or enhanced tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress.

Because this position is associated with Clemson's Advanced Plant Technology Program, candidates should be interested in forming collaborations with other faculty with complementary expertise in plant, nutritional, and food sciences, animal nutrition, and biotechnology among others. Appointee will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized extramurally funded research program invegetable crops; release novel lines, germplasm or genetic stocks; train and mentor graduate students; and contribute to specialized courses, seminars, and team-taught courses, as well as to graduate training in plant breeding/plant genetics/genomics/plant molecular biology. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with strong research credentials. Strength in quantitative or metabolic genetics and bioinformatics is highly desirable.

For more information visit our websites:
Advanced Plant Technology, institutes/itg/departments/apt/
Pee Dee Research and Education Center,
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences,

This new position is located at the Clemson University's Pee Dee REC, 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 center has state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and approximately 800 acres of land available for field crop research and demonstrations. Scientists at the PDREC include plant breeders, geneticists, entomologists, agronomists, and plant pathologist working in field crops, commercial horticulture, and turfgrass.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is available.


• Ph.D. in plant breeding, plant genetics/genomics, or plant molecular biology
• Experience in research related to this position, either post-doctoral or pre-doctoral
• Evidence of ability to work with other researchers in interdisciplinary inquiry, secure extramural funds, and lead an innovative research/breeding program
• Postdoctoral or other relevant experience desirable, but not required
• Excellent oral and written communication skills


Candidates should submit a letter of application; detailed resume; a personal statements of: (a) research experience, (b) leadership efforts, and (c) contribution to diversity; copies of university transcripts; copies of one or two publications; and names and contact information for three references to

For full consideration, please apply by July 31, 2021. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the position will remain posted until a suitable applicant is identified. Inquiries regarding the position should be sent to Victoria Artigliere at [email protected]

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.



Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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