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Companion Animal Scientist - Assistant or Associate Professor

Clemson University
129 Poole Ag Center, Clemson, SC

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Companion Animal Scientist - Assistant or Associate Professor

129 Poole Ag Center, Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Jun 7, 2023

Clemson University’s Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is excited to announce a 9-month tenure track (assistant/associate professor) position that supports our One Health initiative and our growing companion animal program. We are seeking outstanding candidates with active research programs utilizing a companion animal model system in one or more of the following areas: anthrozoology, aging, bioinformatics, behavior, development, genetics, genomics, neurology, olfaction, physiology, or complex traits. Current strengths in AVS are animal nutrition, physiology and health of livestock and poultry. In anticipation of a new Clemson University College of Veterinary Medicine, we aim to expand our research portfolio to include dogs and other small animal models.

Expectations: as a part of our Land-Grant mission, the selected individual will be required to teach current and(or) develop undergraduate and graduate courses in animal genetics with a focus on understanding the relationships between genes and traits. The successful candidate will train graduate students and develop extramurally funded programs that impact stakeholders in South Carolina and beyond. In addition to teaching and research efforts, they would be expected to participate in service and outreach activities. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and collaboration with faculty, students, staff, and public constituents will be expected. Anticipated appointment for the scientist will be 60% research and 40% teaching and a start date of Spring 2024.


About Clemson University: we are a Carnegie Research 1 institution located in upstate South Carolina which is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains ( ). Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department ( ) is one of five departments in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences ( ). The AVS faculty, staff, and student offices are in Poole Agricultural Center, where we have 12,000 sq ft of well-equipped laboratories of which a designated lab is available for this position. Currently, the department has approximately 500 undergraduate and 23 graduate students. Clemson’s AVS faculty have developed excellent infrastructure and curriculum for training students in traditional and non-traditional areas of animal research. University animal research facilities are located at: Piedmont Research and Education Center (PREC; ), Godley-Snell Research Center ( ), and Edisto Research and Education Center (EREC; )


Requirements: PhD in animal sciences, biomedical sciences, genetics, or a closely related field is required. Postdoctoral experience, evidence of scholarly activity, publications, collaboration, and the potential or evidence of securing extramural funding are preferred characteristics.

Application Instructions:

For consideration, all application materials must be uploaded to InterFolio ( Applicants should provide a letter of application, curriculum vita, transcripts, teaching, research, and diversity philosophies, and contact information for at least three references. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Scott Pratt ( Chair of search committee or Dr. Charles Rosenkrans, Jr. ( AVS Department Chair.
For full consideration, application materials must be received by September 30, 2023. Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until a suitable candidate is identified and hired.

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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