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Assistant Professor-(SEMI-RIGID PLASTIC PACKAGING) Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences

Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


Clemson University is a public, land-grant institution located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the shores of Lake Hartwell. It is ranked as the 25th best national public university by U.S. News and World Report. Learn more about the university at The Packaging Science program, within the Department of Food Nutrition and Packaging Sciences, has an enrollment of approximately 225 undergraduate students, and 15 graduate students. The Department has a total enrollment of 500 undergraduate, and over 60 graduate students. Our faculty and staff possess a wide array of expertise in the Nutrition/Dietetics, Food Technology, and Packaging Science areas. Learn more about the department at


The Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University is seeking an Assistant Professor for a full-time, 9-month tenure track position (50% Teaching / 50% Research), specializing in semi-rigid/rigid plastics packaging. The successful candidate will work with an established group of teaching and research faculty in packaging science, food science & technology, and human nutrition.

This individual will have a strong background in the technology and design of plastics products, such as thermoformed, injection molded and blow-molded products. The individual will also have sufficient background in the engineering principles important for packaging machine design (such as mechanics, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, etc.) to support teaching of an undergraduate course in packaging machinery. Applicants with direct experience in rigid / semi?rigid plastics packaging, as well as packaging machinery will be considered more desirable.
The successful candidate is expected to:

1. Establish a nationally recognized research program, providing scientific leadership in semi-rigid/rigid packaging. Possible research areas could be plastics forming technologies, new materials technologies, applications of rigid packages, interactions of packaged products and semi-rigid/rigid packages, or other research areas of interest to the candidate and the department.
2. Develop graduate and/or undergraduate courses
3. Teach two undergraduate Packaging Science courses. Conduct 1 to 3 credits of Packaging Science Creative Inquiry (undergraduate) each semester. Teach one Packaging Science graduate course every other year in a topic related to the candidate's expertise.

The Department Chair in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences will supervise the successful candidate. The candidate will have the ability to interact and collaborate with colleagues both within the Department and in related departments, centers and institutes across campus and at other universities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The position is described as 50% Teaching/50% Research. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate level packaging science courses to majors and non-majors. The candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized program and to provide scientific leadership in a semi-rigid or rigid packaging area (or areas). Dissemination of research findings through peer-reviewed publications is required to demonstrate scholarship competency. Effective collaboration with other faculty will be expected. The candidate will be expected to work closely with industry, as well as through conventional academic funding channels to secure funding for research, to add to the equipment capabilities of the Department, to provide technical services to companies to support economic development, and to bring industry problems into the classroom. The candidate will also be expected to participate in undergraduate and graduate student advising, to supervise graduate students in the laboratory, and to provide leadership and direction in semi-rigid/rigid packaging topics as a graduate committee member.

Additional Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in teaching and working with undergraduates to design, plan and conduct applied research (Creative Inquiry). Candidates must have a desire to undertake and facilitate interdisciplinary research. Candidates must have the ability to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse departmental environment. Candidates will also engage in professional activities at local, state, regional, and/or national levels. Dissemination of knowledge through peer-reviewed publications, and presentations at scientific meetings is expected.


The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. degree (or other appropriate terminal degree) in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Polymer Science or a related discipline. Postdoctoral experience and/or relevant industry/academic experience is required. Applicants should have excellent oral and written English communication skills, ability to work in teams, solve problems, and have demonstrated skills in electronic/information technology.
Candidates that have proven effectiveness in university teaching, experience in designing and implementing semi-rigid/rigid plastics research, a record of extramural funding and peer-reviewed publications, and collaborative interactions will be given priority.


Standard Hrs: 37.5

Salary is competitive and negotiable.

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