Research Professional II

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Posting NumberS03922PWorking TitleResearch Professional IIDepartmentResearch SREL OperationsAbout 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.

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College/Unit/Department websitePosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRSEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

Monday through Friday, 8:00-5:00

Advertised SalaryCommensurate with ExperiencePosting Date09/06/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date10/01/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAugusta Area EEO Policy 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 Information

Classification TitleResearch Paraprofessional/ProfessionalPay GradeFLSAJob FamilyResearch And LabFTE1.0Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

A M.S. in wildlife ecology or a related field is strongly preferred, although exceptional candidates with a B.S. and previous professional experience equivalent to a Master’s degree will also be considered. The candidate should have a strong background in applied wildlife ecology and prior experience conducting field research. Preference will be given to applicants possessing both strong field and organizational skills. In particular, prior experience capturing and handling carnivores, large mammals or similar species, and experience using firearms is desired. The successful applicant is expected to demonstrate commitment to timely completion of deliverables, effective communication with the PI’s, and the ability to work collaboratively.

Position Summary

The University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Lab is soliciting applications for a Research Professional II in Wildlife Ecology. A Research Professional is needed to assist Dr. James Beasley with the project design and oversight, personnel management, and reporting duties associated with several ongoing and future research projects investigating the spatial ecology and population dynamics of wildlife. This position also will be responsible for assisting Dr. Beasley with the supervision of graduate students and research technicians on a day to day basis as well as for assisting with training field and laboratory personnel in specific job-related protocols and skills necessary to conduct research. Examples of current projects include wild pig ecology and management, carnivore ecology, rabies management, and ecotoxicology of game species. The position will be based at the Savannah River Site located nearby Aiken, SC. Potential also exists for some travel to international field sites. The selected candidate will be responsible for working with Dr. Beasley on the development of research plans, assistance with project oversight and collection of data, general lab organization and data management, supervision and training new personnel, development of reports and manuscripts, and assisting the PI’s with other assigned tasks.

SREL is located on the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA. Applicants must be able to pass a security clearance and a background investigation.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Experience and proficiency in design and implementation of research projects, capturing and handling wild animals, experience using firearms, knowledge and preferably experience using anesthetics for immobilizing wildlife, strong organizational skills, ability to assist in the oversight of technicians and students, experience with the writing or reports and the publication of research results.

Physical Demands

Routinely lifting heavy objects, ability to operate specialized equipment such as firearms.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?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? 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.



Assisting with design oversight, and reporting of results for field and lab studies focused on the ecology and management of wildlife populations.

Percentage of time70 Duties/Responsibilities


Assisting in general duties associated with the organization of lab space, maintenance and organization of field equipment, data archiving, data management, lab inventory, IACUC and permit reporting, grant management, etc.

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Training of research technicians, graduate students, and other lab personnel.

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Data analysis, manuscript preparation, and other duties as assigned by the PI.

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    Posted: 9/7/2019
    Application Due: 11/6/2019
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