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Assistant Professor - Sensor and Control Engineering

Clemson University
Edisto Research and Education Center, Blackville, SC

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Assistant Professor - Sensor and Control Engineering

Edisto Research and Education Center, Blackville, SC
Open Date:
Jun 5, 2024
Assistant Professor – Sensor and Control Engineering

(9-month, tenure-track 100% Research)

Department of Agricultural Sciences

Clemson University, Clemson, SC


The Department of Agricultural Sciences (AS), within the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS) at Clemson University, seeks to fill a 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. This position will be research focused and will be housed at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center (EREC) in Blackville, South Carolina.


The EREC is in an active crop and livestock production area of the state and has served to enhance the agricultural industry of the zone for many decades. With expertise in agronomy, horticulture, integrated pest management, precision agriculture, irrigation, and soils, EREC's mission is to help foster economic development. Regional problem-solving and grower's educational programs at the EREC are emphasized in collaboration with the Cooperative Extension Service. The EREC is also home to the Clemson University Center for Agricultural Technology (CU-CAT). It has ten resident faculty (tenured or tenure-track), 32 support staff members, and other research and Extension personnel. It is located on a farm in the South Carolina Coastal Plain, which includes 2,354 acres of cropland (organic and conventional), pastures, and forest land. The property provides office space, meeting rooms, classrooms, field and clean laboratories, greenhouses, growth chambers, and other specialized crop and cattle research facilities. Expansion of the research laboratory infrastructure and graduate student housing capabilities is underway.


The Department of Agricultural Sciences is the tenure home for this position. It is an interdisplanary department with broad expertise in agricultural engineering, economics, and education with 25 on-campus and off-campus faculty. It maintains three undergraduate academic programs: Agricultural Mechanization and Business (AGM), Agribusiness and Applied Economics (AGRB), and Agricultural Education (AGED). The department offers MS. and Ph.D. programs in Agriculture with an Agriculture Systems Management emphasis.  


Clemson University is an R1 Land Grant university located on the shores of Lake Hartwell, within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Upper Piedmont region of South Carolina, USA. Clemson University is consistently ranked among the nation's top 25 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. The College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences is advancing the vision of its founder, Thomas Green Clemson, of a higher education system that benefits South Carolina, its people, land, natural resources, and economy. World-class education, research, and Extension programs at Clemson University merge to enable scientific discoveries of global impact. At the same time, partnerships with industry and state and federal agencies foster innovation and provide unique opportunities for faculty and students.



General Duties and Responsibilities:

This position will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program focusing on improving agricultural operations' sustainability and profitability by developing and applying new technologies. The successful candidate’s research program should include one or more of the following areas: novel sensor design, fabrication, and deployment; developing new algorithms and methodologies for processing, analyzing and interpreting sensor data; developing machine learning techniques for pattern recognition, anomaly detection, feature extraction and classification of agricultural production data. These technologies should enhance the efficiency, productivity, and quality of agricultural production. The successful candidate must be capable of applying systems engineering principles, including advanced monitoring and control strategies, to optimize the agricultural system's efficiency. This position offers excellent potential for close collaboration with teaching, research, and extension faculty from other Clemson University Research and Education centers, in the department of Agricultural Sciences, and other CAFLS departments.


Other responsibilities include supporting and advising students, serving on department/college/university committees, and contributing to professional societies. The successful candidate is expected to develop and lead a nationally recognized research program, obtain funding via external grants and contracts, develop intellectual property, and sustain a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.

Ph.D. degree in agricultural engineering, electrical engineering, biosystems engineering, biomechanical engineering, mechanical engineering, or another relevant engineering field with specializing in automation, sensor development, electrical system design or control systems. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in agricultural production or machinery, evidence of research productivity, excellent communication skills, and the potential to secure external funding to support an active research program.

Application Instructions:
Please submit the following requirements to interfoliow at: (1) a letter of interest including contact information; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a one-page research philosophy; (4) an unofficial transcript from all degree-granting institutions (BS, MS, Ph.D.); and (5) contact information for three references. Applicants may request that their candidacy remain confidential during the initial review process. 


Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2024. This position will remain open until filled. We anticipate preliminary Zoom interviews beginning late August. The preferred starting date is negotiable.


If you need any additional information, please contact:


Dr.  Bhupinder Farmaha or Dr. Bulent Koc

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.


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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