Assistant Professor - Sensor and Control Engineering

Clemson, SC

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Assistant Professor - Sensor and Control Engineering

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.