Assistant Research Scientist -Microbial Fermentation

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The University of Georgia
Location
Athens Area

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Posting Number:

F0998P

Working Title:

Assistant Research Scientist -Microbial Fermentation

Department:

VetMed-SAMS-New Materials Inst

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 (https://www.uga.edu/). 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.

The University of Georgia, the nation’s first chartered state-supported university, is a research-intensive land grant and sea grant university situated in the vibrant college town of Athens. Only an hour from Atlanta, Athens is a progressive locale with a rich history centered around beautiful surrounding landscapes. The area abounds in local music, art, literature, and theatre, and hosts many performances by national and international touring artists. The cost of living in Athens compares favorably with much of the rest of the country, ranking lower than the U.S. average (http://www.bestplaces.net/city/‌georgia/athens-clarke_county). Additional information about the Athens area can be found at: http://www.visitathensga.com/

Posting Type:

External

Employment Type:

Employee

Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Anticipated Start Date:

01/01/2022

Job Posting Date:

09/27/2021

Open until filled:

Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Qualified applicants are invited to submit: (1) a letter of intent including professional interests and career goals, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the name, mailing address, and contact information for three professional references. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Branson W. Ritchie, Search Committee Chairperson, by email ([email protected]) or telephone (706-542-7235). All applications received before November 1, 2021, will be fully considered; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The successful candidate’s employment starting date is negotiable. As required by the University of Georgia policy, the successful candidate will be subject to a background investigation.

The New Materials Institute and UGA College of Veterinary Medicine are committed to enhancing the diversity, equity and inclusion of the Institute and College. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths/experiences in these areas as it relates to research in their cover letter. The Institute and College values all members of the university community, recognizing that differences in experience and culture will lead to a more well-rounded and accepting academic environment. We expect that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in our Principles of Community (http://vet.uga.edu/principles-of-community).

For all candidates, salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience, qualifications and the personnel budget from the grant supporting the position.

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]).

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

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 https://coronavirus.uga.edu/executive-order/ or call (706) 542-2222.

Classification Title:

Researcher AC

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Research Scientist

Contract Type:

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology or equivalent degree.

Position Summary:

The major responsibilities for this position are to conduct research associated with the development and validation of proprietary microbes that increase the production of synthesized materials and to develop and valid methods of culturing the microbes for maximum production of the synthesized materials in as short a growth cycle as possible. In addition to managing a microbial fermentation research team, the chosen Assistant Research Scientist will also work with a multi-disciplined team of faculty, staff and students within the New Materials Institute to succeed in research objectives defined by the grant sponsor.
The successful candidate will join the New Materials Institute currently consisting of five full-time faculty members (tenured and non-tenured), 8 staff and approximately 6 graduate and undergraduate students.

Additional Requirements:

At least 3 years of post-graduate experience involving research and development of fermentation techniques in bench scale as well as at least 1500 liter pilot scale fermenters.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Demonstrated expertise in working with multi-disciplined teams of microbiologist and engineers in the development and validation of methods to improve the quantity and quality of microbially synthesized biopolymers is preferred.

Is this a Position of Trust?:

Yes

Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?:

No

Does this position require a P-Card? :

No

Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? :

No

Is driving a responsibility of this position?:

No

Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:

No

Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):

Yes

Credit 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.

Organization

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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Telephone
706-542-3000
Location
215 S. Jackson St.
Athens
Georgia
30602
United States

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