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Postdoctoral Fellow - Crop Ecophysiology

Clemson University
202C BRC, Clemson, SC

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Postdoctoral Fellow - Crop Ecophysiology

202C BRC, Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Feb 13, 2024

A postdoc position is available in the Crop Ecophysiology laboratory ( in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, for three years.
Project Description
Clemson University, in partnership with South Carolina State University and 27 other entities, is executing a pilot project, “Building Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities in South Carolina”, to provide incentives to farmers to implement selected climate-smart production practices (cover crops, reduced tillage, mulching, nutrient management, incorporation of legumes in forages, and uneven-aged silviculture). The project will measure and verify the carbon and greenhouse gas benefits associated with climate-smart practices and will support the development of markets for the resulting climate-smart commodities. The state-wide project will focus on representative agricultural production sectors of South Carolina and the Southeast, including vegetables, peanuts, beef cattle, and forest products, and will ensure meaningful involvement of small and underserved producers.
In the Peanut sector, the project collaborators will evaluate cover crops as single species or mixtures under conventional and reduced tillage to determine cover crop-by-tillage interaction effects on soil moisture retention, greenhouse gas emissions, soil carbon, and crop productivity. The proposed activities will determine suitable cover crops for the state and identify their benefits compared with conventional monocropping practices.
The Crop Ecophysiology Lab is part of the ‘peanut group’. The postdoc will make measurements on cover crop and cash crop aboveground and belowground biomass and water. The postdoc will work with other collaborators in the measurement team to quantify other parameters and with the extension team to coordinate measurement activities in grower fields.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The postdoc will also participate in other crop ecophysiology projects apart from the ‘Climate-smart’ project. The postdoc will be responsible for setting up experiments, collecting and analyzing data, coordinating student work and other associated personnel, and writing up and disseminating results. The postdoc will work with field and lab technicians and mentor and guide graduate and undergraduate students.
Clemson University is a land-grant university in a college-town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Ranked as one of America’s Top 25 Public Universities by the U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is one of the fastest-growing places in South Carolina, and a two-hour drive from Charlotte and Atlanta.

$60,000 in year 1 and a 3% increase every year. The salary will remain in force until the end depending upon your performance and fund availability.



PhD in Agronomy or related field

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following requirements to Interfolio at:

1) A letter of interest

2) CV

3) Unoffical transcript from degree-granting institution

4) Contact information from 3 references.

Applications submitted by 2/19/24 will receive full consideration but this position will remain open until filled.

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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