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Post Doctoral Fellow - Plant & Environmental Sciences

Clemson University
304 BRC, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Plant & Environmental Sciences

304 BRC, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Open Date:
May 30, 2023

The Gasic laboratory at Clemson University is seeking a Post Doctoral Research Scientist to support the research activities of a recently funded four year USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program award to Washington State University, Clemson University, University of Florida, Auburn University, University of Queensland, and USDA ARS. This highly collaborative project includes a diverse team of researchers working on crop breeding, genomics, genetics, curation, and bioinformatics. 

The project will expand the rosaceae, citrus, vaccinium and pulse crop databases to meet community demand for resources with usable big data aggregated, analyzed, integrated, and visualized, as well as data management and analysis tools. Our objectives are to: (1) Collect, curate, and integrate all types of genomics, genetics, and breeding big data in easy-to-use and robust crop-specific databases, (2) Develop and integrate tools to promote the collection, integration, and utilization of big data by scientists and breeders, (3) Provide scientists/breeders with personalized training for field data collection software, big data management and analysis, and use of database resources, quantify impact of databases on genomics-assisted breeding, and broadly disseminate project activities and outcomes.

The Post Doc will support the activities (1) and (3) of the proposal for Rosaceae crops. The ideal candidate for this position will have research and/or scientific data management experience in an agricultural or related field such as plant biology or crop breeding. The specialist, in collaboration with the project team, will curate genomic, genetic, and breeding data obtained from authors, publications, and/or other data repositories including historical data in breeding programs; create outreach and training materials; provide webinars and on-site training on how to use their crop community databases, the breeding information management system (BIMS), breeding data management tools; and be responsible for mass communications to database users.

The position is a part of a Crop curator team that is composed of curators for Genome Database for Rosaceae (, Citrus Genome Database (, Genome Database for Vaccinium (, and Pulse Crop Database ( This position reports to Ksenija Gasic and the PDs of the Washington State University Main and Jung, and will closely work together with their cohort of other crop curators and outreach specialists.  This position requires frequent travel including driving.



Requirements Education

●       PhD in an agricultural or related field such as plant biology or plant breeding

Essential Skills

●       Knowledge in genomics, genetics, and breeding in plant research and attention to detail. This position requires the ability to scan scientific literature to extract necessary information for uploading data into databases.

●       Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills. This position requires interacting with researchers and collaborating with the project team. A strong candidate for this position will be expected to be respectful of others cultures, identities and backgrounds.

●       Excellent oral and written scientific presentation skills. This position requires preparation of webinars, in-person training, communications, and help developing manuals and instructional videos.

●       Demonstrated ability for time management and use of informed judgment to make independent decisions. This position requires extensive curation of scientific literature as well as outreach duties.

Desired Skills

●       Familiarity with collaborative communication tools.

Experience with large scale data/data analysis, data curation, familiarity with FAIR data management concepts.

Other requirements

●       Frequent air travel and driving is required.

●       Eligible for employment in the United States.

●       US driver's license.

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following items electronically (PDF format) via Interfolio  (

·       Cover letter

·       CV

·       Unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be needed prior to offer being made)

·       Name, email address and phone number of three professional references


For full consideration, we ask to receive applications by June 30, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. This is a 2.5 year, fixed term, grant funded appointment. 


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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