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Distinguished Professorship (Associate or Full Professor) - Vegetable Crop Pathology
University of Georgia

Date Posted Oct. 27, 2022
Title Distinguished Professorship (Associate or Full Professor) - Vegetable Crop Pathology
University University of Georgia
Tifton, GA, United States
Department Plant Pathology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2023
  • Associate Professor
    Endowed/Distinguished Professor
  • Plant Pathology

POSITION TITLE AND DESCRIPTION: Ji/Georgia Vegetable Industry Distinguished Professorship in Plant Pathology. This is an academic-year (9-month) tenured appointment (80% research, 15% teaching, 5% service) at the Associate Professor or Professor level in the Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia (UGA). The position will be housed at UGA’s Tifton Campus ( located in the heart of Georgia’s $1.2 billion/year vegetable industry. This endowed position acknowledges the contributions of Dr. Pingsheng Ji and the Georgia vegetable industry in advancing knowledge and management of vegetable diseases in the state of Georgia and beyond.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will develop a vigorous, innovative, internationally recognized, and extramurally funded research program in the area of vegetable crop pathology. The incoming faculty member is expected to develop and translate new knowledge in microbial and plant biology, genetics, genomics, and host resistance into novel disease management approaches with a focus on soilborne oomycete and fungal pathogens. Opportunities abound for collaborations with crop breeders/geneticists and with strong programs in pathogen biology, disease management, disease ecology and epidemiology, host resistance, and pathogen and population genetics in the Department of Plant Pathology. There is an expectation of excellence in grantsmanship, timely communication of research findings via peer-reviewed journal articles, active participation in the mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral scientists, and contributing to a diverse and inclusive environment within the university. Instructional responsibilities will be equivalent to 4 credit-hours per year, commensurate with the department’s needs and the faculty member’s area of specialty. 

QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology or a related area. Expertise in translational genomics or related technology preferred. The person named to the position should be qualified for tenure upon appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and must have an outstanding record of research and publications. To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an Associate Professor or 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. 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.

POSITION AVAILABLE: August 1, 2023. Applications received by December 19, 2022 are assured full consideration; however, applications and nominations 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. Bhabesh Dutta, Chair of the Search Committee ( All application materials must be submitted via the university’s 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) separate statements of research and teaching interests (not to exceed 3 pages each), and v) 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.

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 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. The Tifton Campus is home to ~75 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. Tifton is a friendly city of nearly 20,000 located along I-75 in south-central Georgia ~70 miles from the Georgia-Florida state line. The city is situated in the heart of one of the leading and most dynamic agricultural areas of the Southeast.

  • 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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  • Bhabesh Dutta
    Department of Plant Pathology
    University of Georgia
    115 Coastal Way
    Tifton, GA 31794
  • 229-386-7495


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