Water Systems Modeler

Clemson University
Pendleton, SC, United States
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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The Agricultural Sciences Department, within the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS) at Clemson University, is seeking to fill a position as a tenure-track Specialist at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Water Systems Modeling. This position is one of four tenure-track faculty hires foundational to a state-wide, strategic water initiative. The position is a 12-month appointment and located at the SC Water Resources Center building ten minutes from the main campus. The desired starting date is July 1, 2019.

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 of South Carolina, USA. The 1,400-acre campus is part of the 18,000 acres of University Farms and Forests devoted to teaching and research. Clemson University is recognized as a Top 25 public university by U.S. News and World Report.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally-recognized, externally-funded research program. Quantification of water supply is essential as the water resource landscape in South Carolina evolves over the coming decades. This specialist will provide basin-scale predictive models of water demands and impacts with a full emphasis on the broad suite of agricultural water uses. This position will assess water quantity and quality to better manage surface and ground water and understand issues caused by floods, droughts, population growth, and the impact of human activities. It is expected the individual will have experience linking land-use models with hydrologic models to estimate the impact of potential policy changes on water use, supply and demand conditions. The person selected for this position will have an affiliation with the S.C. Water Resources Center and work closely with on- and off-campus research and extension personnel, external stakeholders, and state/regional/national government agencies. Upon request, a joint appointment with the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences is available to foster collaborative research, teaching and graduate student advising opportunities.


Qualified candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Engineering (Agricultural, Biological, Biosystems, Civil, Ecological, Environmental, Natural Resource), or other relevant field. Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of collaborative research, excellent communication skills, and demonstrated success in obtaining external funding to support an ongoing research program.

Application Instructions

Application Procedure: Please submit: (1) a letter of interest with applicant’s contact information; (2) contact information for three references; (3) a one-page research philosophy and a one-page research plan; (4) an unofficial transcript from all degree-granting institutions (BS, MS, Ph.D.); and (5) a curriculum vitae. Applicants may request their candidacy remain confidential during the initial review process.

Application-Interview Timeline: This position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on or before April 15, 2019. The search committee anticipates digital/online interviews taking place in April, 2019 with on campus interviews for finalists occurring in May, 2019.

If you have any question regarding the position or search process, please contact:

JEFFERY S. ALLEN, Ph.D. Search Committee Chair
Executive Director, SC Water Resources Center
509 Westinghouse Rd.
Pendleton, SC 29670