Post Doctoral Fellow - Animal & Veterinary Science

Clemson University
Edisto REC 64 Research Street Blackville SC

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Animal & Veterinary Science

Edisto REC 64 Research Street Blackville SC
Open Date:
Feb 1, 2023

This position is part of a recently awarded Climate-Smart USDA-NRCS grant. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for managing and coordinating measurements to determine greenhouse gas emissions and soil nutrient accumulation in beef cattle operations in response to climate-smart practices implemented.


The postdoctoral fellow will collect, summarize and develop reports about the measurements from each recruited farm (40% effort). She/he will also collect additional information on pasture and animal management from each farm, including forage samples for nutritive value and animal output (e.g., lbs. of meat per acre). These data will be summarized per each farm to obtain sustainability indicators (for example, methane or CO2 eq. emitted per lb. of meat) to assess the impact of the recommended climate-smart practices on farm level greenhouse gas emission (20% effort). Also, the hired individual will be responsible for coordinating with the Extension Associates which farms will be recruited as collaborators to monitor measurements and which climate-smart practices will be implemented in each site. Also, she/he will work with the Market Development group to provide them with the information they require to fulfill their objectives (10% effort). The postdoctoral will also be responsible for assisting the field technician on the operation, calibration, maintenance and troubleshooting of greenhouse gas collection chambers and soil sampling equipment (20% effort).


This is a very labor intensive monitoring endeavor that will require a trained individual with proper background to carry out the protocol. Thus, at the start of the project, it is essential to hire a postdoc with the combined knowledge and experience in conducting greenhouse gas and soil sampling measurements from beef cattle systems and properly understanding adequate management practices associated with forage and livestock management. This individual will be in close communication with collaborators and support the development of educational materials and written and oral reports about the measurements to be presented in cohorts of producers and other additional events (10%).


PhD In Animal Sciences or related field

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following to Interfolio link:

1. Cover letter

2. CV

3. Unofficial transcripts

4. Contact information for 3 references

5. Sample paper

Those applications submitted by March 24, 2023 will receive full consideration but this position will remain open until filled.

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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