Assistant Professor (Biomaterials & Synthetic Biology)

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Posting NumberF0459PWorking TitleAssistant Professor (Biomaterials & Synthetic Biology)DepartmentEngineering Chemical, Materials, & BiomedAbout 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 School of Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering continues to build a vibrant academic environment that fosters engineering education in a liberal arts environment and research to address critical societal needs. The School offers undergraduate and graduate engineering degree programs in biochemical engineering and biological engineering, and has grown rapidly to about 430 undergraduate students, 50 graduate students and 17 faculty members. More information can be found at

College/Unit/Department websitePosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleUnderutilizationNoneAdvertised SalaryAnticipated Start Date08/01/2020Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)Job Posting Date08/26/2019Job Closing DateOpen until filledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Questions related to the position may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Jason Locklin ([email protected]).
Applications received before November 1, 2019 will be given full consideration.

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.

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

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline

Position Summary

The School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering within the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia (UGA) is seeking applications for a 9-month tenure-track assistant professor position to begin August 2020.

The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team in the recently established New Materials Institute (, which is focused on the design and disposal of new products and materials guided by green engineering principles in ways that minimize waste, promotes sustainability, and protects human health. Numerous companies are partnering with leading researchers in the institute to accelerate technology translation through advanced materials testing and evaluation. Research in the Institute includes circular materials management, advanced polymers, fibers & coatings, and technology development.

The responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to: (1) establish an outstanding research program recognized both nationally and internationally, (2) foster partnerships within and outside the University of Georgia as well as industry, (3) exhibit a strong commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and (4) compete successfully for extramural funding to support research and companion graduate and postdoctoral training programs. The candidate will have broad latitude to develop a research program that focuses on materials innovations, along with advances in the basic knowledge of sustainability to benefit society.

Additional Requirements

Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, bioengineering, polymer science and engineering, materials science and engineering, or a closely related discipline.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

An excellent creative research record in one of the following areas: 1) processing of biomaterials such as bioplastics and biocomposites, 2) the interface of materials science and synthetic biology, or 3) biomaterials for medical devices, tissue engineering or biopharmaceuticals.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

A demonstrated record exhibiting leadership traits, effective communication, and ability to develop innovative programs is desired.

Physical DemandsDoes this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?YesDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoIs driving a responsibility of this position?YesDoes 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.

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