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Clemson University position announcement

Published on 18 December 2019

Position description: Assistant professor of forage systems

The department of animal and veterinary sciences (AVS) in the college of agriculture, forestry and life sciences at Clemson University invites applications for a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position with emphasis in forage-livestock production systems.

This is a key position for our signature program in grazinglands and animal development, and represents a reinvestment in forage expertise research (60%) and extension (40%). The anticipated start date is spring 2020. The successful candidate will have interest in the plant-animal interface with expertise in, but not limited to: chemical, physical and botanical characteristics of forage plants; forage establishment, fertilization, pest management, harvest and storage; grazing management; soil-plant interactions; alternative forage crops; and integration of livestock with crop and forest systems.

This AVS faculty member will join 28 faculty and staff located at the Edisto Research and Education Center (EREC) near Blackville, South Carolina. In addition, they will be an integral member of AVS faculty and extension staff located at Clemson and Columbia, South Carolina. Our EREC contains 2,354 acres of row crop, pasture and forested land in the coastal plain of South Carolina, providing the ability to investigate many diverse areas of agriculture.

Current cattle resources include a crossbred cow herd, replacement heifer development program and facilities for additional animals. In addition, EREC is home of the annual Clemson Forage Bull Test, which has a capacity to develop approximately 80 bulls in a 168-day pasture-based test. Greenhouses, plots and laboratories are available on-site for intensive forage studies. Excellent opportunities for collaboration exist with EREC faculty that have established expertise in precision agriculture and remote sensing.

The successful applicant will be required to develop a well-funded research and extension program based on quality science that impacts stakeholders in South Carolina and beyond. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills will be required. Collaboration with faculty, students, staff and public constituents is expected.

Requirements: A Ph.D. in animal science, agronomy, range science or a closely related field is required. Postdoctoral experience, evidence of collaboration and the potential to secure extramural funding are preferred characteristics.

To apply, send a letter of intent stating how candidate contributions would strengthen Clemson University’s AVS department, impact the agricultural industry in the state of South Carolina, and be relevant at national and international levels. In addition to a letter of intent, please include curriculum vitae, transcripts, extension philosophy, research philosophy and contact information for at least three references. For consideration, all application materials must be uploaded to the Clemson University website. If you have questions, please contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Matias Aguerre or Dr. Charles Rosenkrans Jr., AVS department chair.

Review of applications will begin Jan. 31, 2020, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified and hired.  end mark

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.  

From a Clemson University news release

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