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Assistant Professor - Microbiome Science

Clemson University

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Assistant Professor - Microbiome Science

Open Date:
Sep 29, 2023

The Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professors specializing in Microbiome science. We welcome/encourage applications from prospective faculty from all areas of microbiome research, including but not limited to, human and animal health, agriculture, and the environment.

The Department offers (BA/BS) and graduate (MS/PhD) degrees in Biological Sciences and Microbiology, and graduate degrees (MS/PhD) in Environmental Toxicology. In addition, the department offers an online, non-thesis M.S. in biological sciences for teachers and science educators interested in biological sciences. The successful candidates will inspire/enlighten our student body by contributing to the department's teaching mission.

The successful candidates will bring innovative and high-impact research programs to Clemson that complement and enhance existing departmental research strengths. Current faculty interests related to microbiome research include host-pathogen interactions, host-symbiont interactions, aquatic and soil ecosystems, and microbial interactions and functions during environmental change.

About the University & Department:

Located on Lake Hartwell in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson University is South Carolina’s public land-grant University with access to multiple state and national parks and forests. As a Carnegie R1 Institution, Clemson has excellent research resources including the globally ranked Palmetto high-performance computing cluster, the Clemson University Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility, the Eukaryotic Pathogen Innovation Center, state-of-the-art light microscopy, electron microscopy, vivarium, animal, aquatic animal, and greenhouse facilities, and a multi-user analytical laboratory. There are many opportunities for collaboration across a wide group of partners on and off campus, including the Center for Human Genetics ( and Prisma Health. Clemson is also launching a new College of Veterinary Medicine that will commence student enrollment in Fall 2026.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University harnesses faculty expertise across the areas of ecology, evolution, and organismal biology; microbiology; and molecular, cellular and developmental biology to advance the University’s discovery mission and provide strong educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

For more information about the Department and its programs, please visit the website

For more information about Clemson, please visit the website


Successful candidates must hold a PhD in biology/microbiology or a related field with relevant postdoctoral experience.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, please apply by November 20, 2023. Review of applications will begin immediately. The search will remain posted for applications until filled. The anticipated start date is August 2024.

Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio at

(1) Cover letter, including what draws the applicant to this position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University

(2) CV including at least three references for potential contact after initial review

(3) Two-page statement of research interests and future plans

(4) One page teaching statement that describes the candidate's teaching pedagogy and how they envision contributing to the teaching mission of the department

(5) Up to three reprints combined into one PDF.

For inquiries about the position, please contact Vince Richards, chair of the search committee (

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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