POSITION DESCRIPTION: This is a 9-month tenure-track appointment (75% research, 25% Extension) in the Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia (UGA) at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The hiring rank will be determined based on the successful candidate’s prior experience and track record. The position will be housed at UGA’s Griffin Campus (https://www.griffin.uga.edu/) located 40 miles south of Atlanta.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, innovative, internationally recognized, and competitively funded program in the ecology and biology of mycotoxicogenic fungi and postharvest pathogens both in the field and in the postharvest environment, elucidate their host-pathogen interactions, and develop and help implement mycotoxin and postharvest disease mitigation strategies for the southeastern U.S. There is an expectation of excellence in grantsmanship, timely communication of research findings via peer-reviewed journal articles, and active participation in training and mentoring of graduate students and postdocs. The incumbent is expected to work collaboratively and across disciplines with colleagues at UGA, USDA-ARS, and other institutions to achieve research and Extension goals. Both traditional and emerging Extension outreach tools will be utilized to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer and educate Extension agents and producers on mycotoxin and postharvest disease mitigation in agronomic and specialty crops.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in plant pathology, mycology, mycotoxicology, or a related area. To be considered at the rank of Associate Professor, candidates must have at least 5 full years in rank at the Assistant Professor level. 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. The criteria for promotion and tenure in the Department of Plant Pathology are summarized at http://provost.uga.edu/documents/Plant_Pathology_2015.pdf
POSITION AVAILABLE: 1 August 2022. Applications received by 1 October 2021 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin 15 October 2021.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. James W. Buck, Chair of the Search Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org). All application materials must be submitted via the university’s job portal at https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/210195 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 interests, 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.
The University of Georgia (UGA), 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 (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. Located 30 miles south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, UGA-Griffin lies in the heart of one of the nation’s fastest growing areas in the nation. The 123-acre campus is one of the premier agricultural research centers in the region, housing world-class research facilities such as the Center for Food Safety, the Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center, and the Center for Urban Agriculture.