Water Policy and Economic Specialist

Clemson University
Pendleton, SC, United States
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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 Policy and Economics. 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 is 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.

Balancing the supply and demand of water is a critical issue facing South Carolina over the next 50 years. Population growth, increasing water demand, contamination issues, drought and precipitation extremes have placed the state’s water supply under tremendous stress. This position provides a link between the scientists and engineers and the state’s regulatory agencies as they develop water use policies.

The successful candidate will (1) have strong interdisciplinary skills in terms of market and non-market evaluation and water valuation techniques and (2) be expected to develop a nationally-recognized, externally-funded research program regarding water valuation, natural resource services valuation, cost/benefit analysis of economic tradeoffs between competing sectors for water resources, and familiarity with regional economic impact models in estimating alternative growth. This position would work to quantify economic benefits to South Carolina resulting from natural/water resource protection for recreation, food production, flow regulation, waste treatment and climate stability. The hire would develop impact data connecting economic value from natural resources and their use in a timely manner and provide support for all related Extension programming. Applied research would likely include private and public utilization, economic risk of drought/climate change, commodity-based economics of irrigation, and mitigating water shortages in multiple risk environments.

Of added interest is expertise to link with interdisciplinary groups across campus in agriculture and engineering to pursue larger funding initiatives that address grand challenges in the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus and sustainable agriculture. The individual 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.


Qualified candidates should hold a Ph.D. in public policy, agricultural economics, or a related 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) unofficial transcripts 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