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Assistant Professor-Weed Ecologist

Clemson University
E143 Poole Ag Center, Clemson, SC

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Assistant Professor-Weed Ecologist

E143 Poole Ag Center, Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Jul 21, 2023

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor – Weed Ecologist. The position will be a 9-month, tenure-track position with 70% research and 30% teaching appointment. The projected start date is Spring 2024. The position is located on campus at Clemson, SC. U.S. News and World Report recognizes Clemson University as a Top 25 public university.

The successful candidate is expected to:

• Develop a nationally recognized, collaborative, externally funded, impactful, and innovative research program in weed science, including ecology, biology, and sustainable management systems. Of specific interest are the research programs that would use a systems approach to devise sustainable weed management strategies that enhance productivity while minimizing environmental impacts.

• Responsibilities include:

(1) devising and testing integrated weed management strategies in organic production systems; (2) developing alternative, ecological management strategies to manage herbicide-resistant weeds; (3) exploring weed seed bank dynamics and biology and ecology of problematic weeds that are of relevance to SC agriculture (4) investigating how climate change is impacting weed management practices and the evolution of weed species(5) incorporating state-of-the-art detection and application technologies in ecological weed management.

• Basic and applied research would be expected to understand and solve weed management issues in organic and conventional cropping systems. The primary research focus will be on agronomic or horticultural crops with an emphasis on organic and sustainable cropping systems. This faculty member will be expected to work closely and cooperatively with other researchers in the Department and other scientists in related fields, including regional and multi-state collaboration.

• Research will be published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at professional society meetings, and disseminated research results at field day events statewide, as well as technical articles, popular press, and other modern communication platforms. • Recruiting and advising graduate students and supervising technical staff are expected.

• Teach an undergraduate/graduate weed science course per academic year, plus a graduate-level course in plant growth and development, and team teaching a course on organic management systems every other academic year. The successful candidate will mentor undergraduate students and supervise graduate programs in weed and crop science. The candidate is expected to lead/co-lead the development of a Certificate in Organic Agriculture.



• Earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in weed science or closely related field at the time employment begins with a research emphasis and training in weed biology/ecology and management.

• Demonstrated background and expertise in weed science with an emphasis on managing herbicide resistance, ecology, and biology is preferred.

• Documented evidence of individual and collaborative research in weed science resulting in peer-reviewed publication plus regional and national professional society activity.

• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with colleagues across disciplines and develop a collaborative research and teaching program is preferred. This includes demonstrated experience in the design, execution, and statistical analyses of various research projects.

• Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills in English to effectively interact with diverse audiences are essential.

• Experience in proposal preparation and project management is preferred.

• Demonstrated evidence for excellence in teaching and student mentoring.

Application Instructions:

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

• Letter describing the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position

• Statement of applicant’s research interest, experience, and future plans (no more than two pages)

• Teaching and mentoring philosophy (no more than two pages)

• A statement describing experience and/or future plans to promote diversity and inclusion

• Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be needed before an offer is made)

• Full curriculum vitae

• Name, address, email, and phone number of four professional references.

Any questions should be addressed to Dr. Nishanth Tharayil, Search Committee Chair ( ).

To receive full consideration, applications must be received by September 1, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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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