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About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 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 employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 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 University of Georgia is a research-intensive (R1) land-grant and sea-grant university located in Athens-Clarke County with strong research facilities in mass spectrometry, NMR, crystallography, fermentation, microscopy, bioinformatics and cell biology. Athens lies in the northern Piedmont region of Georgia an hour-plus drive from Atlanta, less than 2 hours from the Chattahoochee National Forest and southern Appalachian Mountains, and within easy driving distance of the Atlantic coast. Athens is home to a thriving arts and music community and prides itself on its cultural diversity (

The departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences with its many other units, and the University of Georgia are committed to promoting a diverse and equitable climate for all students, faculty and staff, and creating a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, people from historically excluded groups, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications should include the following materials:1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research interests and goals (up to 2 pages), and 4) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy (up to 2 pages). Applicant materials should reflect a commitment to mentoring and fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment in the classroom and in your research group. Applicants who wish to be considered for both positions should indicate this in their cover letter. Candidates should also submit names and contact information for 3 references who can be asked to provide letters of recommendation. Applications received by December 16, 2022 are assured full consideration. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee at [email protected]

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]).

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Biochemistry, Microbiology, or a related field at the time of appointment.

Position Summary:

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia invites applications for two tenure track faculty positions in the broad area of Microbial Processes and Design, beginning August 1, 2023, at the level of Assistant Professor.

This position resides in the Dept. of Microbiology, which is especially interested in biologists who combine wet-bench experimentation with large-scale data to address significant issues in biotechnology, therapeutics, or basic microbiology. Specific research areas may include metabolic pathways, metabolic engineering, biochemical optimization, microbial biosphere impact, mechanisms of drug or vaccine resistance, and assessment of new drug targets. The ideal candidate will strengthen connections of our current research programs to industrial and clinical problems.

There are outstanding opportunities for collaborations with faculty across our Life Sciences departments and our Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, Center for Molecular Medicine, Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, and access to the Georgia Genomics and Bioinformatic Center, the Network for Advanced NMR, the X-Ray Diffraction Core Facility, the Microscopy Core, the Chemistry Proteomics Core, the Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility, and Advanced Computing Resources.

The other position resides in the Dept. of Biochemistry and & Molecular Biology. Of particular interest are biochemists who investigate novel metabolic pathways in emerging microbial pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, extremophiles and protists. In addition, biochemists who are pursuing research that addresses the impacts of climate change and/or biological methods to convert CO2 into new materials or use as “net-zero” fuels are also encouraged to apply. Traditional biochemistry disciplines associated with anaerobic enzymology, metalloproteins, structural biology, RNA biology, and omics studies offer unique strategies to address these challenges, often synergistically with more applied approaches with other disciplines on the UGA campus. The availability of analytical and fermentation instrumentation in a local BSL-3 facility allows unique opportunities for studying more dangerous pathogens. Visit for more information.

Additional Requirements:

1 or more years of postdoctoral experience is required at the time of appointment.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

The most competitive applicants will have a strong research record, demonstrate a well-developed research plan, and exhibit a commitment to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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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.


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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