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Research Assistant Professor

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Research Assistant Professor

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Jun 29, 2021

Research Assistant Professor Job Summary The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing CHFDT at the College of Architecture at Clemson University is seeking to hire a Research Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2021. This 12-month faculty position will support the Endowed Chair in Architecture and Health Design and the CHFDT team in furthering the Center’s research agenda focused on safety, health, and wellness.

The Research Assistant Professor will participate in collaborative research grants and contracts, help develop grant proposals and work with faculty, staff, and students in a team environment. The position is a non-tenure track faculty position with a one-year contract, renewable annually.

Essential Job Responsibilities & Duties

These are some of the key responsibilities of the Research Assistant Professor. However, this is not an exhaustive list, but intended to provide a sense of the types of activities that may be involved:

Research Projects

  • Plan, organize, and conduct grant-funded research and consulting projects
  • Develop and submit IRB protocols for research projects
  • Read, evaluate, and summarize research articles related to projects
  • Develop peer-reviewed journal manuscripts in collaboration with team members based on CHFDT projects
  • Support development of proposals for research grant funding Initiate and submit grant proposals as PI pending VPR approval

Outreach & Promotion

  • Present research work at conferences and meetings
  • Help build relationships with faculty and staff at Clemson as well as partnering organizations
  • Prepare reports for completed projects for internal publication, presentation to grantors, or for use in trade magazines


  • Help develop course teaching materials
  • Help co-teach classes as required


  • Coordinate and guide student research activities
  • Help manage outside consultants and team members, as needed, for projects
  • Help manage research project budgets and timelines, as needed in collaboration with the project coordinator 


The qualifications and requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required to perform the job successfully. The education, experience, and technologies needed for this job are:

  • Experience working on collaborative research projects as part of a larger team
  • Minimum of 3 years proven experience as a researcher
  • Master’s Degree or Doctoral degree
  • Clinical background or relevant healthcare experience preferred
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate results of research to a diverse audience
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and ability to perform well in a team environment
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Proficient in using the Internet, along with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Suite as well as statistical applications such as SPSS

The additional skills/characteristics needed to perform this job are:

  • Ability to remain cutting edge and current in the latest research in healthcare design, as well as other design and construction trends affecting the healthcare industry
  • Ability to talk to people, on the telephone or in person, in an enthusiastic, caring, and informative manner
  • Ability to help translate research into practical applications
  • Ability to work well individually and in an evolving team environment
  • Strong leadership qualities and initiative
  • Strong interest and background in design research, including knowledge of research design and use of research in architecture and/or healthcare

Application Instructions:

The deadline to submit your application materials is July 29th. 

Please submit the following documents to Interfolio (LINK):

(1) A Current Curriculum Vitae

(2) A Letter of Interest

(3) Contact information, including names, email addresses, and phone numbers, for three (3) professional references

(4) Examples of Written Work

(5) Design and Research Portfolio



Dr. Anjali Joseph | [email protected] | 404-583-5760


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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