Assistant/Associate Professor - Horticultural Vegetable Breeder

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Assistant/Associate Professor - Horticultural Vegetable Breeder



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.

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The Department of Horticulture at UGA consists of 29 faculty members situated in a stimulating, 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. We improve the environment, health and well-being of citizens in Georgia and around the globe using innovative research, experiential teaching and outreach to increase the profitability and sustainability of horticulture. We increase public awareness of the positive aspects of horticulture, educate the horticulture workforce, and proactively shape the future of horticulture.

Location:The position will be located at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, Tifton, Georgia, which is located within a 3-hour drive from 4 flagship college campuses and is home to 105 scientists and more than 200 support staff. On-campus resources include office, laboratory, greenhouse, agricultural machinery, the Tifton Vegetable Park, and other irrigated research farms. The Tifton Campus is located in one of the most important regions for vegetable production in the Southeast U.S., with a farm gate value of $1.2 billion and over 40 different vegetable crops produced.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications received by July 31st, 2022, are assured full consideration, however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Employment Conditions: This position will be filled as soon as an acceptable applicant is available. Inquiries about the position and nominations should be directed to Dr. Peggy Ozias-Akins, Professor of Molecular genetics of plant development & Chair of the Search Committee, [email protected]). Materials to be uploaded include i) cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the position, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) graduate-level academic transcripts, iv) statement of research interests, v) statement of Extension interests, and vi) names and contact information of four professional references. Selected applicants will be required to submit a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

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Tifton 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 or call (706) 542-2222.

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Open Rank

Faculty Rank:

Open Rank

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Academic (9 mo.)

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Tenure Track or Tenured

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Horticulture or closely related field.

Position Summary:

The University of Georgia’s Department of Horticulture ( is seeking applicants for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Horticulture with responsibilities in breeding vegetable crops. The position will be located at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, Tifton, Georgia. The position is a nine-month, tenure-track appointment, with an 80% Research and 20% Extension appointment.

The successful candidate will be expected to: 1) develop a local, state, regional, national, and internationally recognized program that will use traditional and modern plant breeding techniques to address high priority issues in vegetable breeding, 2) procure extramural funding, publish research findings, and regularly participate in other scholarly and departmental activities, 3) establish an active and sustained research program that includes supervision of graduate students, 4) collaborate with the existing UGA Vegetable Team, the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, the Precision Agriculture team, and other faculty within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the College of Engineering, and related disciplines, 5) interact effectively with growers, industry leaders, government agencies, as well as other disciplines.

The successful candidate is also expected to develop a strong, externally funded research program in one or more of the following areas: 1) Designing, editing, or building genes, pathways, and biological systems to improve traits (e.g., rapid growth, yield, resistance to pests and diseases, nutritional value, etc.) of vegetable crops; 2) Release germplasm or cultivars of vegetable crops suitable for production in Georgia, the Southeast US, and beyond; and 3) Lead cross-disciplinary proposals and projects aimed at improving vegetable production in the State of Georgia.

Additionally, the successful candidate is expected to provide training, resource materials and technical assistance to county Extension agents and vegetable stakeholders. Frequent automobile travel to a variety of sites, including many rural locations, is expected of this position.

Additional Requirements:

To be considered for the rank of Associate Professor, candidates should demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of emerging stature as a regional or national authority as appropriate for the position. Assessment of rank on hire for appointees will be consistent with the requirements for ranks beginning on page 21 of the UGA Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure ( and the tenure processes of the appointing department UGA P&T Criteria by Unit (

To be eligible for tenure on 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. Any request for tenure upon appointment must be approved before hire.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to high-quality research.

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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.


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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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