Climate Resilience Specialist

Clemson University

Clemson, SC, US


The Agricultural Sciences Department, within the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS) at Clemson University, is seeking to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Climate Resilience. This position is foundational to a state-wide, strategic water initiative. The position is a 12-month Research and Extension appointment and is located at the SC Water Resources Center ten minutes from main campus.

A changing climate will result in measurable impacts to the regional water cycle, likely affecting agricultural production and water availability in South Carolina on multiple spatial and temporal scales. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded Research program on water and climate resilience. This specialist will help South Carolina’s $42B agriculture industry make informed short-term crop management decision, state water planners manage drought and flood scenarios, and the Clemson University community in identifying how weather events and climate change impact agriculture, natural resources, and management decisions. The individual will work within interdisciplinary teams and complement three recently hired Assistant Professors located at the SC Water Resources Center focused on water resources modeling, economics, policy, and sustainable water use.

The elected candidate will be an excellent communicator, providing science-based information to state agencies and local governments about climate impacts on water resources (e.g. changes in sea level, droubt, ecosystem services, and other climate-related issues pertaining to agricultural, residential, and ecological water use). The individual will work closely with on- and off campus Research and Extension personnel, external stakeholders, and state/regional/national government agencies. Upon request, a courtesy appointment with the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences is available to foster graduate student advising opportunities.

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.


Qualified candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Meteorology, Climatology, or a 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

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Applications for this position should include:(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

For full consideration, please ensure that all materials are submitted by April 1, 2020, however, the position will remain open until filled.

If you have any question regarding the position or search process, please contact Dr. Jeffery Allen at 864.646.2145 or [email protected].

*Note: References will not be contacted until final stages of the interview process. Spousal/Partner hires are not available with this position. Clemson University Human Resources offers a program, TalentSource, for newly hired employee spouses and partners to connect with relevant job opportunities in the area.





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