Assistant Research Scientist - Manager, Plant Molecular Diagnostics Lab
Open Until Filled: Yes
Job Summary: The University of Georgia (UGA), Tifton Campus, seeks to hire an Assistant Research Scientist to operate, manage, and provide leadership for the Plant Molecular Diagnostics Lab (MDL) in the Department of Plant Pathology. This is a 12-month non-tenure track faculty position on UGA's Research Scientist track (https://research.uga.edu/research-scientists/). The incumbent will be a member of the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Plant Pathology faculty under the direction of the Department Head. The incumbent will be responsible for daily operation and management of the MDL, a fee-for-service testing facility serving the UGA research and extension community, Plant Disease Clinics in Tifton and Athens, and external clientele. Specific duties include: offering a portfolio of diagnostic assays (PCR, qPCR, ELISA, LAMP, etc.) for plant pathogens based on needs and opportunities; development, optimization, and trouble-shooting of specific assays; management of MDL supplies, budget, and student workers; procurement of external funding in support of the MDL's mission; collaboration with other research and extension scientists in plant pathogen detection and monitoring programs; and publishing articles in the peer-reviewed literature. Tifton is a friendly city with a population of 17,000 located along I-75 in south-central Georgia (http://www.tifton.net/). 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 70 UGA faculty and USDA-ARS scientists plus associated graduate students and support staff conducting innovative and team-based research and extension to improve production agriculture in Georgia, the nation, and the world. UGA is an EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Institution. As such, we are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We not only strongly encourage women, minorities and other diverse candidates to consider applying for this position, but we also maintain that all candidates should share our commitment to diversity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.
Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, or related discipline. Knowledge of and skill in the use of ELISA, PCR, reverse transcriptase PCR, real-time PCR and/or other contemporary procedures for detection and/or quantification of plant pathogens, as documented in scientific publication(s).
Salary: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Faculty Rank: Assistant Research Scientist
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Employee Percentage: 100
Location od Vacancy: Tifton Area