Faculty Cluster Hire in Integrative Precision Agriculture (Open Rank)

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Faculty Cluster Hire in Integrative Precision Agriculture (Open Rank)


SRVPAA-SR VP Acad Affrs & Prov

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.

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Benefits Eligible

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin on 4 January 2022; however, applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Dr. Jaime Andres Camelio ([email protected]) in the College of Engineering or Dr. Harald Scherm ([email protected]) in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences.

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, including a discussion of how the candidate’s research would complement existing precision agriculture efforts at UGA; v) description of teaching experience and interests; vi) diversity statement describing the candidate’s commitment to working toward achieving equity and enhancing diversity (using Other Documents #1), and vii) 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.

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.

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Open Rank

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Open Rank

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Academic (9 mo.)

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Tenure Track or Tenured

Minimum Qualifications:

All candidates must have a Ph.D. in an agricultural science, engineering, computer science or related discipline.

Position Summary:

The University of Georgia invites applications for multiple positions in Integrative Precision Agriculture at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank. Building on one of its key research strengths, the University of Georgia is conducting a cluster hire to fill nine tenure-track or tenured faculty positions in the area of Integrative Precision Agriculture, of which at least four are being recruited for a target start date of August 2022. This is part of a major hiring initiative that will bring over 50 new faculty members in the broader area of Data Science and AI to the university. Outstanding candidates who can contribute significantly to the application of digital agriculture technologies, data analytics, or models to sustainable intensification of cropping, plantation forestry, or livestock systems relevant to the southeastern U.S. are especially encouraged to apply. Illustrative examples of the type of expertise sought include, but are not limited to:

  • Sensor Development and Distributed Sensing – e.g., novel embedded sensors and biodegradable sensor networks for distributed in-situ measurements of plant, soil, and environmental variables and/or animal health and welfare.
  • Systems Modeling – e.g., predicting root and shoot growth, nutrient and water uptake, host-microbiome interactions, and pest/pathogen spread at field and landscape scales to fine-tune site-specific crop management, optimize yield potential, and minimize environmental impacts.
  • AI-Enabled Decision Analysis and Data Analytics – e.g., leveraging data from high-resolution images and sensor networks to improve soil, crop, plant health, or animal welfare management decisions at field and landscape scales; applying machine learning and data mining methods to agricultural datasets for yield prediction and sustainability.
  • Automation and Actuation – e.g., robotics and imaging technologies for phenomics and precision crop or livestock management; smart machinery for belowground seed placement and precision pest management; and accurate detection of biotic and abiotic stressors.
  • One of the positions to be recruited will focus specifically on Co-Robotics and Human-Robot Interactions in agricultural systems. Research may include human-in-the-loop systems and the safe co-existence of workers and robots in close proximity while leveraging the relative strengths of robots and humans in planning and performance of agricultural tasks. This position will be recruited into the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering .
The new faculty members are expected to develop a vigorous, high-impact, externally funded research program; work closely with other members of the cluster hire and existing faculty specializing in precision agriculture; effectively mentor graduate students and postdoctoral scientists; effectively support our teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment within the university. Specific teaching assignments will be negotiated with the hiring department, but are expected to be commensurate with a 25% instructional appointment.

Additional Requirements:

All candidates must have a documented research background appropriate for the appointment rank, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, in the application of technologies, data analytics, or models to problems in agriculture or biology. For information about the requirements for each faculty rank, please see the UGA Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure. 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 considered at the rank of Professor, candidates must have at least 5 full years in rank at the Associate Professor level. To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an associate or full 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. Specific criteria for Associate Professor and Professor level in potential home departments are summarized at https://provost.uga.edu/policies/appointment-promotion-and-tenure/promotion-tenure-criteria/

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

Two years of postdoctoral experience preferred.

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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.


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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