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Assistant or Associate Professor - Crop Nematology
University of Georgia

Date Posted Dec. 6, 2021
Title Assistant or Associate Professor - Crop Nematology
University University of Georgia
Tifton, GA, United States
Department Plant Pathology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Plant Pathology

POSITION TITLE AND DESCRIPTION: The Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia (UGA) seeks an Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Plant Nematology with a 75% research and 25% Extension appointment. This is an academic-year (9-month) tenure-track position located at the Tifton Campus in the heart of Georgia’s $6.5 billion crop industry.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will develop a vigorous, innovative, nationally recognized, and competitively funded research and Extension education program with the priority to mitigate diseases caused by plant-parasitic nematodes in economically important crops in the southeastern U.S., with an initial focus on cotton and specialty crops. The incumbent is expected to provide leadership and collaborate with scientists in the department, in UGA commodity teams, at USDA-ARS, and in industry to develop a productive research program using translational and applied approaches. Extension efforts will focus on outreach through publications to the producer community, providing research-based information and support to Extension specialists, participating in agent trainings, and speaking as requested at producer conferences or meetings. There is an expectation of excellence in grantsmanship, timely communication of research findings via peer-reviewed journal articles and Extension publications, and active participation in the training and mentoring of graduate students and postdocs.

QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Nematology, or a closely related area. The hiring rank will be determined based on the successful candidate’s prior experience and track record. Please see the requirements for Assistant and Associate Professors in the Unit Criteria for Promotion and Tenure for the Department of Plant Pathology ( as well as the UGA Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure (…).

To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an Associate Professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.

POSITION AVAILABLE: 1 August 2022. Applications received by 21 February 2022 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

SALARY: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Melissa Mitchum, Chair of the Search Committee ( Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. All application materials must be submitted via the university’s faculty job portal at Materials to be uploaded include i) cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the position, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) graduate-level academic transcripts, iv) statement of research interests, v) statement of Extension philosophy and experience, and vi) names and contact information of four professional references. Selected applicants will be required to submit a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA: The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 16 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,900 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

Tifton is a friendly city with a population of approximately 20,000 located along I-75 in south-central Georgia. The city is situated in the heart of one of the leading and most dynamic agricultural areas of the Southeast. UGA’s Tifton Campus is home to approximately 85 UGA faculty and USDA-ARS scientists plus associated graduate students, postdocs, and support staff conducting innovative and team-based research and extension to improve production agriculture in Georgia, the nation, and the world.

  • The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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