Assistant Professor - Healthcare/Medical Packaging

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Assistant Professor - Healthcare/Medical Packaging
Clemson University: College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Packaging Sciences
237 Poole Ag Center, Clemson, SC
Open Date

May 31, 2023


The Department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences (FNPS) is seeking a visionary researcher and teacher to become the globally recognized expert on healthcare packaging for containment and protection of products through sterilization, storage, shipment, use, and disposal. Clemson University has much of the infrastructure required to be successful in the design, development, testing, and optimization of packaging for medical devices, pharmaceutical products, and drug delivery systems.


Clemson University is an R1 Research institution, with comprehensive and state-of-the-art resources.

FNPS staffed laboratories include material analysis, cast and blown film production, extrusion blown molding, injection molding, semi-rigid plastic packaging conversion, thermoforming, lamination, and much more. Campus includes a fully equipped machine shop to customize tooling, a dynamics lab to test structures for transport, food and thermal processing laboratories with equipment such as a Texture Analyzer (TA/TX), CT3 Brookfield Texture Analyzer, and GC/MS, wet lab nutrition analysis labs, shelf-life analysis capabilities, food safety, sensory lab, and health experts. FNPS design and prototyping capabilities are second to none, helping translate new materials into market-ready concepts. Packaging analytical equipment includes DSC, TMA, TGA, Instron universal testing machine, coefficient of friction, contact angle, FTIR, melt indexer, haze meter, gloss meter, hot tack tester, heat sealers, impulse sealers, induction sealer, Elmendorf tear testing, dart drop testing, environmental impact software, and an extensive list of packaging industry relationships.


The successful candidate for this position will focus their time on biomedical packaging research, and on developing and teaching an undergraduate and a graduate course in the fundamentals and advances in biomedical packaging.

The successful candidate is expected to:

• Support the Health Innovation focus of the Clemson Forward Strategic Plan

• Position Clemson University as the ultimate research partner of the booming medical/biotechnology industry in South Carolina, the United States, and globally

• Develop and teach courses in health care packaging to educate a competitive and unique workforce prepared to support the industry and its future needs

• Obtain grants and industrial contracts with packaging manufactures and suppliers and strengthen collaborative grant applications focused on biomedical technology development (NIH, NSF, DoD, Foundations) as well as innovation opportunities (IP, licenses, start-ups)

• Partner on project and research grants with other departments such as:

o Biomedical engineering

o Material science and engineering o Industrial engineering (human factors)

o Chemistry o Physics (sterilization)

o Environmental and Earth Sciences (sustainability)

o Nursing (Clemson University - Prisma Health Partnership)

• Support the work of the food, nutrition, and packaging sciences and bioengineering education and research initiative

• Publish work in relevant peer-reviewed journals

• Supervise and graduate M.S. and Ph.D. students


Qualifications Ph.D. in packaging science, bioengineering, or other engineering/science disciplines Experience with biomedical technology including - medical devices, pharmaceutical products, drug delivery systems, and any goods used in the healthcare industry Expertise in sterilization methods and materials, specifically ISO 11607; Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices and EN 868-1; Packaging Materials and systems for medical devices which are to be sterilized

Preferred experience in Leachables and extractables, Human factors surrounding medical professionals and end user interface with packaged medical devices and pharmaceuticals, Sustainable packaging solutions for hospital environmental responsibility, Cold chain or temperature-controlled packaging, Effect of distribution on pharmaceutical efficacy, Risk analysis, Demonstrated ability to publish in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, Capability to work proactively within collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams is critical, Experience in proposal preparation and project management, Excellent communication skills (oral & written) are essential

Salary is competitive and commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is available.

Application Instructions

Application Instructions Please submit the following items electronically (PDF format) via Interfolio ( ):

Letter describing interest in and qualifications for the position

A one-page statement of research interest, experience, and vision to achieve stated goals

A statement describing experience and/or future plans to promote diversity and inclusion

Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be needed before an offer is made)

Personality statement (help us understand your working and collaboration style using Myers-Briggs, DISC, or personal reflection)

Full curriculum vitae

Name, address, email, and phone number of three professional references (references will not be contacted by the search committee until after an in-person campus interview has occurred)


To receive full consideration, applications must be received by August 15, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. 


Any questions should be addressed to Dr. Greg Batt, Search Committee Chair (

Application Process
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