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Postdoctoral Fellow - Applied Microbiology

Clemson University
South Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 3, 2023

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Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Packaging Sciences
Postdoctoral Fellow - Applied Microbiology

Location: Rm. 228 LSF, Clemson, SC


We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to fill a postdoctoral fellow position to study the efficacy of disinfectants used in food establishments and healthcare facilities. Specifically, the fellow will optimize pathogen recovery methods used on porous surfaces, develop protocols to test disinfectant efficacy against both viruses and bacterial endospores on porous surfaces, and investigate the effect of frequent antimicrobial usage on the physical and chemical properties of various surfaces. The data generated from the above innovative research will inform disinfection procedures that can be used in food establishments, healthcare facilities, and public spaces.

Candidates should be able to design and conduct microbiological studies that include culturing, detection, and isolation of human bacterial pathogens and be willing to learn techniques for virology studies and porous surface characterization. The postdoctoral fellow will work with a multi-disciplinary team who have expertise in food microbiology, food safety education, material science, virology, and disinfecting chemistry. The fellow will be expected to communicate results through abstracts and presentations, and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Opportunities to develop grantsmanship skills will be provided. The fellow is expected to assist the PI (Dr. Xiuping Jiang, a Food Microbiologist) on lab management, supervision, and interaction with graduate and undergraduate students.

In addition to these primary projects, the postdoctoral fellow will also have opportunities to interact with industry collaborators and contribute to ongoing research projects funded by the industry.

About the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences

The Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences program awards two undergraduate degrees (B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition and B.S. in Packaging Sciences) and three graduate degrees (M.S. in Food, Nutrition and Culinary Sciences, M.S. in Packaging Science, and Ph.D. in Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences). The Department is made up of 28 faculty, over 500 undergraduates, and approximately 50 graduate students. For more information about the department go to:

About Clemson University

South Carolina's highest-ranked national university is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by Lake Hartwell and the Clemson Experimental Forest. It is home to nearly 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Clemson University has the highest Carnegie research designation (Very High, R1) and is committed to building a community of inclusive excellence, where faculty scholars are dedicated to working and teaching in a multi-cultural environment ( The ClemsonForward Strategic Plan focuses on advancing its doctoral programs and strengthening research and scholarly impact while preserving the signature undergraduate experience that is at the heart of Clemson University. Learn more about the university at



Ph.D. in Microbiology, Food Science, or equivalent education/experience.
Experience designing and conducting microbiological research is required.
Experience working with human pathogens is required.
Experience working with cell culture and virus is desired.
Demonstrated ability to publish in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Ability to communicate with and participate in a multi-disciplinary team is required.
Experience in proposal preparation is desired.
Excellent communication skills (oral & written) are essential.

Application Instructions

Applications submitted by April 15, 2023 will receive full consideration but this position will remain open until filled. Anticipated start date is in summer of 2023. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.

Interested candidates should send: 1) a cover letter that states applicant interest in the position and qualifications, 2) a current CV, 3) contact information for three references, 4) unofficial transcripts and 5) 1-3 of your research papers to Interfolio link and apply formally at:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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 and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


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