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Assistant Professor of Microbiology

The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

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The Department of Microbiology at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in Microbial Systems Biology, beginning August 1, 2021, at the level of Assistant Professor. We are especially interested in biologists who combine wet-bench experimentation with large-scale data to address fundamental questions in microbiology. Those questions may be related to inter-species community interactions, environmental response networks, metabolic flexibility, antimicrobial targets, or pathogenic interactions. There are outstanding opportunities for collaborations with faculty across our Life Sciences departments and our Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, and access to the Georgia Genomics and Bioinformatic Center, the Microscopy Core, and Advanced Computing Resources. Competitive applicants will have a strong research record, demonstrate a well-developed research plan, and exhibit a commitment to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. A PhD (or equivalent) in Microbiology or a related field with 1 or more years of postdoctoral experience is required at the time of appointment. Candidates should submit these application materials electronically ( 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research interests and goals (up to 2 pages), and 4) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy (up to 2 pages). The teaching philosophy should include discussion of the candidate’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment in their classroom and in their research group. Candidates should also submit names and contact information for 3 references, who will be asked to provide letters of recommendation. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee at this e-mail address: [email protected]. Completed applications (including letters) received by February 26, 2021 are assured full consideration.

The University of Georgia is a research-intensive land-grant university located in Athens-Clarke County with strong research facilities in mass spectrometry, NMR, crystallography, fermentation, microscopy, bioinformatics and cell biology. Athens lies in the northern Piedmont region of Georgia an hour-plus drive from Atlanta, less than 2 hours from the Chattahoochee National Forest and southern Appalachian mountains, and within easy driving distance of the Atlantic coast. Athens is home to a thriving arts and music community and prides itself on its cultural diversity (

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. 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]).


The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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