Assistant Professor - Food Microbiology

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Posting NumberF0369PWorking TitleAssistant Professor - Food MicrobiologyDepartmentCAES Food Science & TechnologyAbout 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 ( 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. 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 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is among the best and most established U.S. colleges of agriculture. In its classrooms, its Agricultural Experiment Stations and its statewide network of UGA Cooperative Extension offices, the faculty and staff of CAES are dedicated to discovering, teaching, and delivering the science required for healthy living to flourish in Georgia. Agricultural and environmental sciences are only as important as the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the water and air around you. To improve the quality and guard the safety of life’s necessities, CAES has gathered world-renowned scientists and exceptional students.

College/Unit/Department website TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRS or ORPEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleUnderutilizationMinorities & FemalesAdvertised SalaryAnticipated Start Date01/01/2020Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)Job Posting Date05/07/2019Job Closing DateOpen until filledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must send: (1) a letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) undergraduate and graduate transcripts; (4) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four professional references that the search committee may contact; (5) a one-page summary outlining research vision; and (6) a one-page summary outlining teaching vision.
Applications must be submitted through UGAJobs ( in order to be considered for this position. Additionally, all application materials should be sent to [email protected] Inquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Ronald Pegg, [email protected] 706-542-1099. The selected candidate will be required to submit a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with University of Georgia. Review of applications will begin July 1, 2019 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Location of VacancyAthens Area EEO Statement

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.

Position Details

Classification TitleAssistant ProfessorFLSAFaculty RankAssistant ProfessorContract TypeAcademic (9 mo.)Tenure StatusTenure TrackMinimum Qualifications

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.

Position Summary

The Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to develop teaching and research in the area of food microbiology and food safety. This 9-month, tenure track position will provide leadership and scholarship in food microbiology and food safety (40% Teaching / 60% Research). The successful candidate will actively participate in the teaching, research, and service activities in the Department of Food Science and Technology including participation in global programs and will have the opportunity to work on collaborative projects with a wide variety of groups including the Center for Food Safety and other departments. Areas of particular interest for future research include transmission and ecology of food-borne pathogens and spoilage organisms, and techniques for their control. The individual in this position will be expected to achieve a record of scholarly activity as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, successful extramural funding, and success in teaching university-level courses and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Additional Requirements

A completed PhD in Food Science, Microbiology, or equivalent program is required with demonstrated expertise in food microbiology and food safety.

Appointment, Promotion & Tenure of Academic Rank Faculty found here:

Discipline-specific criteria and procedures for promotion and tenure with the Food Science & Technology Department can be found here:

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or CertificationPreferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Candidates should show the potential to obtain external funding to support their research program and must also demonstrate excellent oral and written competencies, interpersonal skills, and willingness to work in multidisciplinary teams.

Physical DemandsIs this a Position of Trust?Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoIs driving a responsibility of this position?NoDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



(1) develop and teach undergraduate/graduate courses equivalent to 8 credits in the Food Science curriculum
(2) establish an extramurally funded research program
(3) establish a strong record of scholarly activity, and
(4) direct PhD and MS degree students and postdoctoral associates

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    Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Resume/CV
    3. Unofficial Transcripts
    4. List of References with Contact Information
    5. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
    6. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
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      Posted: 5/8/2019
      Application Due: 9/13/2020
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