Assistant Professor-Ecological Engineer

Clemson University

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Assistant Professor-Ecological Engineer

Open Date:
Mar 28, 2023

The Department of Agricultural Sciences located within Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences, seeks applications for a 12-month tenure-track position in Ecological Engineering at the Assistant Professor level (60% Research, 40% Extension) to work at Clemson’s Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science (BICEFS) in Georgetown, SC. Preferred candidates will be motivated to contribute to a collegial, interdisciplinary community with a strong tradition of fundamental and applied research and our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We seek an innovative scholar whose program focuses on the integration of hydrology, ecosystem processes, and human dimensions in dynamic, coastal areas. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in applied ecological engineering, ecosystem processes, hydrologic and hydrodynamic modeling, and/or computational hydrology who can effectively communicate their findings to a broader audience. Research may include but is not limited to impacts of climate and land use change on watershed, wetland, and coastal ecosystems; flooding and pollution mitigation (e.g., green stormwater infrastructure, treatment wetlands, and other nature-based solutions); and combining field, lab, and modeling investigations to address ecosystem issues across multiple scales.

The successful candidate will be expected to initiate, build, and sustain an externally funded, internationally recognized research and Extension program, publish in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, and complement existing faculty expertise in both the Department of Agricultural Sciences and BICEFS.

The goal of this position is to investigate nature-based engineering solutions in coastal areas, especially those with a high density of development, integrating human society with the environment. Desired focus areas include the use of ecosystems to reduce pollution and lead or support hydrologic, fate and transport, or ecohydrology work across multiple settings, both natural and engineered. The incumbent will contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion at BICEFS.


Required qualifications: A Ph.D. degree in Engineering (Agricultural, Biological, Biosystems, Civil, Ecological, Environmental, Natural Resource) or closely related field is expected at the time of employment. Substantial experience in ecological engineering design to address the needs of developing coastal communities is required. Excellent written and verbal communication is required.

Preferred qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with documented ability to secure external funding to support an active research program, a record of high-quality peer-reviewed journal publications, and demonstrated excellence (and/or dedicated interest) in applied research and dissemination to a broad audience. Ideal candidates will have experience or demonstrated interest in outreach/extension to integrate their research with community needs. Experience working as an active member in multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary research teams is also preferred.

Application Instructions:

Please submit: (1) letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) one-page research philosophy/plan; (4) one-page Extension philosophy/plan; (5) unofficial transcripts from all degree-granting institutions (BS, MS, Ph.D.); and (6) contact information for three references.

All application materials must be submitted via the Clemson Interfolio link:

Applicants may request their candidacy remain confidential during the initial review process.

Application-Interview Timeline: This position will remain open until filled. Formal review of applications will begin on May 1, 2023. The search committee anticipates online interviews taking place May 12, 2023 and in-person interviews for finalists occurring May 30-Jun 1, 2023. Start date is negotiable.

If you have any question regarding the position or search process, please contact:
Calvin Sawyer, Ph.D. - Search Committee Chair
Department of Agricultural Sciences
243 McAdams Hall
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29630
Phone: (864) 656-4072
Email: [email protected]

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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