Assistant/Associate Professor - Controlled Environmental Entomologist

Job Details

Posting Number:

F1247P

Working Title:

Assistant/Associate Professor - Controlled Environmental Entomologist

Department:

CAES-Entomology

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 Department of Entomology includes 35 faculty, 70 graduate students, 27 undergraduate entomology majors, and 97 undergraduate applied biotechnology majors, with diverse interests from very applied to fundamental studies. We are a multi-campus environment with an excellent reputation in research, extension, and teaching. The three campuses of the University of Georgia (Athens, Tifton, and Griffin) are multidisciplinary, multi-agency facilities with access to well-equipped research farms throughout the state. Opportunities for collaboration within the UGA Commodity Teams and with colleagues in other departments and institutions are plentiful and encouraged. The UGA Department of Entomology is an internationally recognized department committed to interdisciplinary research, teaching, and extension at local, regional, national, and international levels. Our programs encompass basic and applied research on insects in diverse systems including agricultural/urban, medical/veterinary, aquatic, and other ecosystems.

College/Unit/Department website:

https://ent.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:

05/09/2022

Open until filled:

Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit the following: a letter of application, detailed curriculum vitae (25-page limit), a one-page statement of research philosophy, a one-page statement of public service/extension philosophy, a list of 3-5 references with contact information, a one-page DEI statement (document#1) of how you would foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should also have a record of scholarly activities in their field demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and gaining funding for their research. Complete applications received by June 9, 2022, will be assured of full consideration. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. David Buntin, Search Committee Chair, by email [email protected].

Location of Vacancy:

Griffin 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

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track or Tenured

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Entomology or a related discipline.

Position Summary:

The Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia (UGA) invites applications for a tenure-track position (9 months) in IPM for controlled environment agriculture at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank. We seek candidates with expertise in the area of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and experience and/or interest in sustainable production of greenhouse edible, ornamental, medicinal or aromatic crops.
The position includes research (80%) and extension (20%). The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research and extension program supported by competitive external funding, publish high-impact research, and effectively mentor graduate/undergraduate students. Many production systems are used in commercial greenhouses and related structures. Areas of interest include the development of new pest management strategies for specialty crops in controlled environments and early detection methods for pests. Another area of interest is developing an enhanced understanding of how equipment, plant density, spacing, propagation rooms, water delivery systems, fertilization methods, and other cultural practices affect pest pressure and management approaches. A collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to solving important emerging problems that strengthen and complement the current programs in the department and college is expected. The successful candidate is also expected to be active in departmental and university service, and professional activities and outreach.

Additional Requirements:

For the rank of Assistant Professor, candidates do not need a minimum number of years in a lower rank unless the initial appointment was at the instructor level (https://provost.uga.edu/faculty-affairs/UGA_Guidelines_for_APT_approved_2_2020.pdf). To be considered for the rank of Associate Professor, candidates must have at least 5 full years in rank at the Assistant Professor level before the start date. See Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure of Academic Rank Faculty. Discipline-specific criteria and procedures for promotion and tenure can be found at: https://provost.uga.edu/resources/documents/Entomology2015.pdf

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

Demonstrated training and expertise in integrative approaches are required. Strong track record of grants accomplishments and peer-reviewed publications. Postdoctoral research background and a history in extension are preferred.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Is this a Position of Trust?:

Yes

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

Yes

Does this position require a P-Card? :

Yes

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:

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research and extension program supported by competitive external funding, to publish high impact research, and to effectively mentor graduate/undergraduate students. Many production systems are used in commercial greenhouses and related structures. Areas of interest include development of new pest management strategies for specialty crops in controlled environments and early detection methods for pests. Another area of interest is developing an enhanced understanding of how equipment, plant density, spacing, propagation rooms, water delivery system, fertilization methods and other cultural practices affect pest pressure and management approaches. A collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to solving important emerging problems that strengthen and complement the current programs in the department and college is expected. The successful candidate is also expected to be active in departmental and university service, and professional activities and outreach.

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.

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

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