APPLY: 2024 PhD Positions at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center

The Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University offers Ph.D. positions for Graduate Research Assistants specializing in Vegetable Postharvest. These positions are available at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center.

The Coastal Research and Education Center is dedicated to applied research, educational initiatives, and public service programs focused on vegetable and specialty crops. The center’s research efforts are geared towards advancing production and handling technologies within the vegetable industry, and it disseminates valuable information through extension activities. In collaboration with the Clemson University Extension Service, the center places significant emphasis on addressing local challenges and providing educational programs to growers.

Scholarship Summary for 2024 PhD Positions at the Clemson University  Coastal Research and Education Center

  • Host: Clemson University
  • Study Abroad:¬†Study in USA
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries
  • Reward: Tuition waiver | Monthly Stipends
  • Deadline: Not Specified

Scholarship Details for 2024 PhD Positions at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center

The student(s) will have the opportunity to choose their dissertation project from the ongoing research within the postharvest program at CREC. Each student will lead their own project and contribute to other ongoing projects. These initiatives will employ both traditional and innovative approaches to enhance the quality and shelf-life of intact or fresh-cut fruits and vegetables while delving into the physiological and molecular factors influencing produce shelf-life.

Responsibilities for the student will include designing and conducting postharvest trials, evaluating quality parameters, conducting biochemical and molecular assays, performing laboratory, greenhouse, and/or field work, and analyzing and interpreting the results. Additionally, it is expected that the student will publish their research findings and present them at national or international conferences.

The selected candidate will become a part of Clemson University’s Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences graduate program (PhD).

Scholarship Requirements:

  • An M.S. degree in plant sciences, horticulture, plant biology, plant biochemistry, food science, or related field.
  • Candidates with laboratory research experience will be preferred.
  • Prospective students should have a strong interest in:

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

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

  • Applicants should demonstrate proactivity, exceptional written and oral communication abilities, and the capacity to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team. Strong critical thinking skills are essential.
  • Applicants should exhibit the ability to quickly grasp new concepts, possess effective time management skills, and exhibit keen attention to detail.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

The Graduate Research Assistantship comprises a waiver of tuition fees and an annual stipend.

Required Documents

To complete the application process, candidates should be prepared to submit the following documents:

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

Method of Application

Please send a consolidated PDF document containing your CV, GRE & TOEFL scores, a summary outlining your pertinent experience and career objectives, as well as the contact information for three references, to Dr. Karin Albornoz at

Applicants are also required to officially apply to and gain acceptance from the Clemson University Graduate School.

The review of applications will commence promptly and will proceed until the position is filled.

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