Assistant Professor-Weed Ecologist
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Assistant Professor-Weed Ecologist
The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor – Weed Ecologist. The position will be a 9-month, tenure-track position with 70% research and 30% teaching appointment. The projected start date is Spring 2024. The position is located on campus at Clemson, SC. U.S. News and World Report recognizes Clemson University as a Top 25 public university.
The successful candidate is expected to:
• Develop a nationally recognized, collaborative, externally funded, impactful, and innovative research program in weed science, including ecology, biology, and sustainable management systems. Of specific interest are the research programs that would use a systems approach to devise sustainable weed management strategies that enhance productivity while minimizing environmental impacts.
• Responsibilities include:
(1) devising and testing integrated weed management strategies in organic production systems; (2) developing alternative, ecological management strategies to manage herbicide-resistant weeds; (3) exploring weed seed bank dynamics and biology and ecology of problematic weeds that are of relevance to SC agriculture (4) investigating how climate change is impacting weed management practices and the evolution of weed species(5) incorporating state-of-the-art detection and application technologies in ecological weed management.
• Basic and applied research would be expected to understand and solve weed management issues in organic and conventional cropping systems. The primary research focus will be on agronomic or horticultural crops with an emphasis on organic and sustainable cropping systems. This faculty member will be expected to work closely and cooperatively with other researchers in the Department and other scientists in related fields, including regional and multi-state collaboration.
• Research will be published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at professional society meetings, and disseminated research results at field day events statewide, as well as technical articles, popular press, and other modern communication platforms. • Recruiting and advising graduate students and supervising technical staff are expected.
• Teach an undergraduate/graduate weed science course per academic year, plus a graduate-level course in plant growth and development, and team teaching a course on organic management systems every other academic year. The successful candidate will mentor undergraduate students and supervise graduate programs in weed and crop science. The candidate is expected to lead/co-lead the development of a Certificate in Organic Agriculture.