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Assistant Professor in Subsurface Contaminant Transport

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Assistant Professor in Subsurface Contaminant Transport



About 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 15 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 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:

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL;
Department of Geology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (
U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina (

The University of Georgia is dedicated to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

All applications received by February 15, 2022 will receive full consideration. Complete applications, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, copies of up to three recent relevant publications, and contact information for three references. Please direct questions to Dr. Travis DeVault, Chair, Subsurface Contaminant Transport Faculty Search Committee, [email protected].

Location of Vacancy:

Augusta 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]).

UGA Statement:

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. degree in geology, chemistry, environmental science, environmental engineering, or a related discipline.

Position Summary:

The University of Georgia is accepting applications for two 9-month, tenure-track appointments offered at the rank of Assistant Professor. Both positions are joint appointments between the Department of Geology ( and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL; One appointment will be stationed at the UGA main campus in Athens, GA with a focus in geobiology. The other appointment will be stationed at SREL near Aiken, SC with a focus in subsurface contaminant transport. The anticipated start date for both positions is 8/1/2022.

This position will be stationed at SREL, located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina (, and report directly to the Director of SREL and Department Head of Geology, which is the tenure home. The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program focused on subsurface contaminant transport, and will be involved in undergraduate and graduate education, including the mentoring of MS and PhD students. Professional service to groups such as state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, professional societies, and the public also is expected, as is significant interaction with colleagues and students in other disciplines represented at SREL, the Department of Geology, UGA, and the broader academic community. The successful candidate will have opportunities to develop strong collaborative relationships with scientists at the Savannah River National Laboratory ( and potentially other U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory geology courses, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in their research specialty. The successful candidate also is expected to serve on SREL, Geology, and other university committees as needed.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

The candidate should have the ability to interact with colleagues from a diversity of disciplines on the development of research proposals. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of excellence in research, teaching, and service commensurate with time since degree. Applicants with backgrounds in shallow earth geophysics, geochemistry, rock physics, hydrogeology, or urban environmental science are encouraged to apply. Research focus is flexible within the general framework of applying remediation strategies minimizing subsurface pollution and management plans ensuring conformance with current geological standards and policies.

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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.


The University of Georgia, 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. It is the birthplace of the American system of public higher education.

university_of_georgia2.jpgToday, UGA enrolls more than 36,000 students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 765 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 17 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 and Veterinary Medicine. It offers 25 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 34 master’s degrees in 130 fields; 18 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 98 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the top third of the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 4.7 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 21 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In 2008, UGA was the only public university in America to have two recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web. 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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