Environmental Engineering and Horticulture

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Clemson University
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Clemson University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on resource recovery from wastewater for controlled environment agriculture (CEA) applications. The project is a collaboration with two universities in the Republic of Korea: Gyeonsang National University (GNU) and Korea Universty (KU). Funding is provided through the US National Science foundation (NSF) Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. Increasingly frequent regional droughts induced by climate change have raised concerns about food security. The collaborative team is developing a sustainable agriculture platform with provision of high-quality irrigation water containing plant nutrients delivered at near-zero net energy consumption via a novel wastewater reclamation scheme that is integrated with hydroponic (soil-less) CEA crop cultivation. More information about the project is available in a recent press release.

Applicants must have an earned PhD (or equivalent) in environmental engineering, plant and environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, or a related field. The successful applicant will have research experience in one or more of the following areas: greenhouse or controlled environment agriculture, membrane process engineering, wastewater biotechnology, and sensor applications for water quality measurement or pathogen detection. Responsibilities of the Postdoctoral Research Associate will include leading a team of graduate and undergraduate students in building a testbed anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) and a hydroponic plant-cultivation growth system using the nutrient film technique (NFT). The postdoc will interface regularly with investigators from Clemson, GNU, and KU, spending time both in Korea and in the US during the project duration. The appointment will initially be for one year, with an expectation to retain the postdoc up to three years as they successfully complete project tasks.

To apply, send a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, and a list of three references as a single PDF document to ladner@clemson.edu. Applications will be reviewed as received with the intention to make a hiring decision by January 1st, 2023.

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.