Hershberger Lab


Jenna Hershberger Jenna Hershberger
Shawn Chandler Shawn Chandler
Tyler Williams Tyler Williams
Katherine Wakeley Katherine Wakeley
Sangita Subedi Sangita Subedi
Walker Spivey Walker Spivey
Chip Chip

Join us!

We are always looking for talented, passionate people to join the lab! If you have a strong interest in quantitative genetics, plant breeding, vegetable quality characteristics, or data science, please get in touch!

Graduate Students

Available MS and PhD assistantships will be posted on the Clemson Plant and Environmental Sciences Assistantship Openings site. Typically, graduate students will reside in Clemson, SC for the first year of the graduate program to fulfill course requirements. Primary field and laboratory research will take place at the Clemson Pee Dee Research & Education Center, a 2,300 acre site located in Florence, SC that is positioned in the heart of South Carolina agriculture.

As members of our group, graduate students will gain knowledge in plant breeding, quantitative genetics, and data science. Collaborations across multi-disciplinary research groups will be expected, as will the pursuit of support from intramural or extramural fellowships. Both formal and informal training will be provided through group and individual meetings, conference and workshop attendance, and interactions with others in the lab and department.

To apply, email a CV and a brief description of experience and career goals to Jenna Hershberger at jmhersh@clemson.edu. For full admissions details, visit the Online Graduate Application. Indicate interest in the Hershberger lab in the application.


We’re hiring! The lab has one opening for a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow with expertise in one or more of the following areas: genetics, genomics, phenomics, population genetics, quantitative genetics, or plant breeding. Experience with genomic selection is desired. The incumbant will explore the application of phenomic selection to sweet corn as part of the SweetCAP project. For a full position description and to apply, please visit the official posting website. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

We would also be happy to work with you to submit a fellowship proposal to programs such as the NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology or the USDA NIFA AFRI Education and Workforce Development. Submission and proposal information and deadlines vary by program, so it is highly recommended that interested individuals check the respective program websites frequently. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, send your CV, cover letter, contact information for three references, and an outline of your proposal to Jenna Hershberger at jmhersh@clemson.edu. Please do this well in advance of the proposal deadline so that we have adequate time to prepare a competitive proposal.