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PhD Positions at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center, USA 2024/2025

Application is now open for the PhD Positions at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center. Interested candidates are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About Clemson University and Scholarship

Clemson University, established in 1889, is a public land-grant research institution located in Clemson, South Carolina. It holds the distinction of being the second-largest university in South Carolina based on enrollment. As of the fall 2019 semester, Clemson had a total enrollment of 20,195 undergraduate students and 5,627 graduate students, maintaining a student/faculty ratio of 18:1. The university’s expansive 1,400-acre campus is situated in the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

In 2016, The Princeton Review recognized Clemson University for its excellence in various categories, ranking it number one in Student Career Services, Town-Gown Relations, and Students Packing the Stadium.


The Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center (CREC) is actively involved in applied research, education, and public service programs focused on vegetable and specialty crops. One notable opportunity at CREC is the availability of Ph.D. positions in Vegetable Postharvest Graduate Research Assistant at the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences.

The Coastal Research and Education Center dedicates its efforts to advancing production and handling technology for the vegetable industry. Extension activities play a vital role in disseminating research findings, with a strong emphasis on local problem-solving and grower educational programs.

Within the PhD program at Clemson University’s Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences department, students can explore opportunities at the CREC. The focus of the research includes postharvest activities related to intact or fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Students have the flexibility to choose their dissertation project from ongoing research within the postharvest program at CREC.

Responsibilities for the graduate student(s) in this program involve designing and conducting postharvest trials, evaluating quality parameters, performing biochemical and molecular assays, engaging in laboratory, greenhouse, and/or fieldwork, and analyzing and interpreting results. Additionally, candidates are expected to publish their research findings and present them at national or international meetings. As part of the Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences graduate program, the Ph.D. candidate will contribute to advancing knowledge in the field and gaining valuable research experience.

Details about PhD Positions at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center:

Scholarship Sponsor: Clemson University, USA

Scholarship Value: Tuition waiver | Monthly Stipends

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Postgraduate, PhD

Host Institution(s): Clemson University, USA


  • There is an annual stipend and a tuition waiver associated with the Graduate Research Assistantship.

Eligibility Criteria for PhD Positions at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center

Applicants are advised to meet the following requirements to be qualified for PhD Positions at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center:

  • A master’s degree in horticulture, plant sciences, food science, plant biology, or a similar discipline.
  • Experience conducting laboratory research will be given preference.
  • Potential pupils ought to be very interested in:

1) fruit/vegetable quality and shelf-life, and

2) conventional and biotechnological approaches for reducing produce losses and waste.

  • The ideal candidate will be proactive, have outstanding oral and written communication skills, and be able to work both alone and collaboratively. Strong analytical abilities are necessary.
  • The candidate should be detail-oriented, have strong time management abilities, and pick things up quickly.

Required Documents for Application

Candidates must be prepared to submit the following paperwork to apply:

  • GRE & TOEFL scores
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Summary of relevant experience and career goals

Application Procedure for PhD Positions at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center

Email a single PDF with your resume, GRE and TOEFL results, a synopsis of your relevant experience and career objectives, and the contact information of three references to Dr. Karin Albornoz at

The Clemson University Graduate School requires official applications, which must be approved. The application process will begin right away and run until completion until the post is filled.

The Submission Deadline is: Not Specified

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