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Post Doctoral Fellow - Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences

Clemson University
South Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
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Jun 23, 2024

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Position Title: Post Doctoral Fellow - Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences

Department: College: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

Location: 214 Poole Ag, Clemson, SC

Open Date: Mar 04, 2024


The Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences (FNPS) at Clemson University seeks to fill one postdoctoral position starting in late spring 2024. The postdoctoral candidate will be housed in FNPS and directed by Prof. William Scott Whiteside (PI; FNPS) with support from Dr. Sneh Bangar (Co-PI; FNPS) and Dr. Zhaoxu Meng (Co-PI; Mechanical Engineering). This position is funded by the Clemson R-Initiatives (CU FELLOWS) to work on a specific current project, "Valorization of Sweet Potato Waste: Biocomposites for Sustainable Packaging Applications. " The preferred candidate should have a strong background in Food Sciences, specifically in Food Packaging & Biopolymer modification. This position will include active participation in writing grant proposals and attracting funding for further research in the area. Furthermore, the position will include many opportunities to connect with other partners and industries.

The postdoc will complete experimental and computational research with the following aims: Aim 1: Training to standardize the extraction method for starch and cellulose nanocrystals from Industrial food waste and characterize them.; Aim 2: Strive to understand the compatibility between starch and cellulose nanocrystals and develop nanocomposite films using these materials; and 3: Understand the application of nanocomposite films in food packaging to extend food product shelf life, as well as explore the potential of biopolymer-based paper coatings with improved barrier properties. Through these objectives, we aim to establish a foundation for further large-scale studies (specifically compatibility between biopolymers) on biopolymer-based nanocomposite films for food packaging materials. The postdoc will receive laboratory training and will assume general responsibility for scientific operations in the lab. Clemson University is gaining recognition as a prominent national leader in the field of biopolymer packaging. FNPS has a long-standing reputation for innovative research and development of sustainable packaging solutions. This project also strongly aligns with CU's strategic initiatives, including improving the sustainability and quality of natural resources and promoting public-private partnerships.

About the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences
The Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences (FNPS) Department 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 multicultural 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

  • A PhD degree in Food Science, Packaging Science, or a related field by the time of application.
  • Applicant must also have a demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed journals. Experience in grant writing would be given preference.
  • Evidence of strong communication skills, experience in working with diverse colleagues, and management are highly valued in ranking applicants.
  • A prior knowledge and experience in biopolymers, their production/modification, and food and paper packaging applications.
  • Practical abilities to work in a variety of labs, build new experimental setups, and conduct research independently.

Application Instructions

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, unofficial graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference addressing research competence.

Applications must be completed through interfolio at the following link:

Applications submitted by 3/15/24 will receive full consideration but this position will remain open until filled.

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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