Assistant Professor of Wildlife Movement Ecology

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Assistant Professor of Wildlife Movement Ecology


Warnell For & Nat Resources

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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 Warnell School ( is an internationally-acclaimed professional school with a proud history of producing leaders in natural resource management. The Wildlife Sciences program has strengths in applied ecology, game and non-game management, quantitative and decision sciences, and spatial analysis. Wildlife faculty members collaborate extensively with affiliated programs including the Savannah River Ecology Lab, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, as well as with a host of state and federal agencies and NGOs. Collaborative opportunities are encouraged with other disciplines within the School, which include Community Forestry and Arboriculture, Fisheries Science, Forestry, Geospatial Information Science, Water and Soil Resources, and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Warnell faculty and graduate students are eligible to participate in UGA’s Integrative Conservation PhD Program. The Warnell School strives to create an environment of acceptance and respect in which all students, faculty, staff, and visitors feel welcomed and included.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

To ensure full consideration, please apply by February 15, 2021. All applicants must apply online through the UGAJobs system ( Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement (maximum 1 page), teaching statement (maximum 1 page), unofficial transcripts of all college-level work, and names and contact information for three references. Individuals invited for interviews will be required to have three reference letters submitted, on their behalf, directly to the chair of the search committee. Interviews will be conducted virtually. A background investigation ( and request of official transcripts will be conducted on a post-offer/pre-employment basis for the selected candidate. The starting date is negotiable but will be no later than August 1, 2021. Candidates from groups under-represented in natural resource organizations are encouraged to apply. For additional information, please contact Dr. Richard Chandler ([email protected]), chair of the search committee.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens 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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

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Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.

Position Summary:

This is a 9-month tenure track appointment with both research and teaching responsibilities at the Assistant Professor level in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. We are seeking candidates committed to excellence in research, instruction, and service in the fields of wildlife movement ecology and ornithology. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative, internationally recognized research program by securing research funding, publishing in reputable scientific journals, mentoring graduate students, and actively participating in professional scientific societies. Potential research areas include, but are not limited to, understanding the effects of animal movement on population viability, gene flow, habitat connectivity, disease transmission, and human-wildlife interactions. The successful candidate will be expected to teach ornithology, biostatistics, and optionally a graduate-level course in their area of expertise. Candidates from groups under-represented in natural resource organizations are encouraged to apply.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants must have a PhD in wildlife ecology or a related field.

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

The successful applicant will have a publication and grantsmanship record commensurate with career stage, expertise in ornithology as demonstrated through publications or other scholarly works, and two or more years of experience in the application of modern quantitative methods to the study of animal movement.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Preference will be given to candidates with at least one year of postdoctoral experience in wildlife ecology. Candidates with a demonstrated record of applied research and a commitment to collaboration with conservation organizations such as state agencies, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations are preferred. Preference will be given to applicants interested in studying bird species of conservation concern in the Southeast. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to multidisciplinary research and a desire for collaboration with faculty in Warnell and across the University. A record of teaching effectiveness at the university level is preferred.

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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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Posted: 12/23/2020
Application Due: 4/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time