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Assistant Professor-Wood Utilization and Biomaterials

Clemson University
261 Lehotsky Hall

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Assistant Professor-Wood Utilization and Biomaterials

261 Lehotsky Hall
Open Date:
Mar 14, 2022

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation (FEC), at Clemson University is seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with a specialization in wood products/science. The position is a 9-month appointment with responsibilities in teaching (50%) and research (50%). The anticipated starting date is August 2022.

Clemson is an R1 Land-Grant university situated in the Piedmont of South Carolina, immediately adjacent to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 17,500 acre Clemson Experimental Forest is contiguous with campus and provides abundant opportunities for research and teaching.

Forests currently occupy 67 percent (13 million acres) of the land area in South Carolina, and the state’s forest industry has an economic impact exceeding 21 billion dollars annually.

This position is critical to supporting our SAF-accredited forestry curriculum. Undergraduate courses that will be taught include FOR 4080/6080 Wood and Paper Products.  FOR 2540 Forest Products, a summer class, is also taught but is not part of the 9-month faculty load. One additional undergraduate and one graduate level class should be developed and taught.  Advising of undergraduate students and participation on departmental committees is expected.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a collaborative, extramurally funded research program in the field of forest products. The research focus will support the forest industries wood products initiatives and support the Wood Utilization + Design Institute’s research program. The publication of results in peer-reviewed, high-quality journals and the supervision of graduate students are expected.

Clemson University’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute is a multidisciplinary engine of innovation where foresters, architects, engineers, constructors and building industry stakeholders coalesce to design advancements in wood-based construction materials to compete with steel, concrete and other materials currently used in nonresidential construction.


QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications include a PhD in wood science, wood products, or wood engineering or similar field. An undergraduate forestry degree or a Masters of Forestry from an SAF accredited program (or equivalent) is preferred. Candidates with a strong interest and track-record in undergraduate teaching and mentoring are desired. Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral/faculty research and teaching experience, evidence of research productivity, evidence of collaborative work and a demonstrated ability to secure external funding to support an active research program to support the Land Grant mission. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Application deadline: To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted via Interfolio ( by April 30, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

Materials for application:

1. Letter of interest

2. CV

3. Contact information for three references

4. Statement of teaching experience and philosophy

5. Statement of research experience and philosophy

6. One-page statement on commitment to diversity and

7. Unofficial transcripts.


Position related questions may be directed to: Patricia Layton, Ph.D. (Search-Committee Chair) Clemson University 864-505-5904

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
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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