Assistant or Associate Professor – Precision Livestock Science

Job Details

Posting Number:

F1250P

Working Title:

Assistant or Associate Professor – Precision Livestock Science

Department:

CAES-Animal & Dairy Science

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.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is among the best and most established U.S. colleges of agriculture. In its classrooms, its Agricultural Experiment Stations, and its statewide network of UGA Cooperative Extension offices, the faculty, and staff of CAES are dedicated to discovering, teaching, and delivering the science required for healthy living to flourish in Georgia. Agricultural and environmental sciences are only as important as the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the water and air around you. To improve the quality and guard the safety of life’s necessities, CAES has gathered world-renowned scientists and exceptional students.

College/Unit/Department website:

https://animaldairy.uga.edu/

Posting Type:

External

Retirement Plan:

TRS or ORP

Employment Type:

Employee

Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Underutilization:

Minorities & Females

Anticipated Start Date:

08/01/2022

Job Posting Date:

05/18/2022

Open until filled:

Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Romdhane Rekaya ([email protected]). Materials to be uploaded include: (a) cover letter, (b) curriculum vita, © a list of 3 references with contact information, (d) a statement of research and teaching philosophy (as Other Document #1; not to exceed three pages) addressing the candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the position, and (e) a copy of transcripts. The start date is August 1, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Selected applicants will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia and provide official transcripts.

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:

Open Rank

Faculty Rank:

Open Rank (Tenure Track)

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in quantitative and computational sciences or related fields with special emphasis on artificial intelligence, big data analytics, or robotics.

Position Summary:

This is a nine-month academic-year tenure track or tenured appointment position with a 75% Research and 25% Instructional appointment. The incumbent is expected to build a nationally and internationally recognized research program in Precision Agriculture centered on the development and integration of innovative phenomics approaches and advanced data analytics tools with applications in livestock production systems with an emphasis on dairy. Sensor and machine-based data collection, machine vision, autonomous control systems, and AI-enabled data analysis and decision-making geared towards, but not limited to, resource use optimization, increased animal productivity, sustainability and mitigation of climate change on livestock systems, and animal health and welfare are some of the primary research focus areas of this position.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an innovative and extramurally funded research program capable of addressing the research and educational needs of the dairy industry. The incumbent will support the instruction efforts of the Department through the teaching of undergraduate and graduate-level courses commensurate with a 25% instructional appointment. The University of Georgia offers an exceptional environment for collaborative work. The Department of Animal and Dairy Science on top of its diverse faculty hosts the Center for Regenerative Bioscience and provides a stimulating environment and unique opportunities for collaborative research. This position will work with state-of-the-art dairy facilities with the capabilities of collecting sensor and robotic data. The new hire is expected to extensively collaborate with colleagues within the Department, College, and University.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Additional Requirements:

To be considered at the rank of Associate Professor, candidates must have at least 5 full years in rank at the Assistant Professor level. To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an Associate professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire. Appointment, Promotion & Tenure of Academic Rank Faculty found here: https://provost.uga.edu/facultyaffairs/UGA_Guidelines_for_APT_approved_2_2020.pdf. Discipline-specific criteria and procedures for promotion and tenure with Animal and Dairy Science are found here: https://provost.uga.edu/_resources/documents/ptucriteria/animal-and-dairy-scienceptu-2019.pdf.

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

Previous background with animal and plant applications is a plus. Candidates with a proven record of carrying and publishing innovative research, and securing extramural funding are highly encouraged to apply.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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?:

Yes

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.

Duties/Responsibilities:

This is a nine-month academic-year tenure track position with a 75% Research and 25% Instructional appointment. The incumbent is expected to build a nationally and internationally recognized research program in Precision Agriculture centered on the development and integration of innovative phenomics approaches and advanced data analytics tools with applications in livestock production systems. Sensor and machine-based data collection, machine vision, autonomous control systems, and AI-enabled data analysis and decision-making geared towards, but not limited to, resource use optimization, increased animal productivity, sustainability and mitigation of climate change on livestock systems, and animal health and welfare are some of the primary research focus areas of this position.The successful candidate is expected to develop an innovative and extramurally funded research program capable of addressing the research and educational needs of the livestock industry. The incumbent will support the instruction efforts of the Department through the teaching of undergraduate and graduate-level courses commensurate with a 25% instructional appointment.

Percentage Of Time:

100

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.

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

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