Professor, Head of Genetics

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Professor, Head of Genetics



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:

UGA is a research-intensive land-grant university. Research in the Department of Genetics spans a broad range from developmental and molecular genetics to evolutionary biology and ecology, and the department has strengths in functional genomics, developmental genetics, chromatin biology, and evolutionary genetics. The Department of Genetics is home to 30 full-time tenure track research and teaching faculty, two full-time lecturers, 10 postdocs, 57 graduate students, >225 undergraduate students as well as lab and office staff. There are outstanding opportunities for collaborations with faculty across life sciences departments, as well as access to the Georgia Genomics and Bioinformatics Core, the Biomedical Microscopy Core, and the Georgia Advanced Computing Resource Center. UGA is located in the vibrant city of Athens in the northern Piedmont region of Georgia. Athens is 65 miles east of Atlanta, less than two 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 ( and the Genetics Department are committed to fostering an environment that is equitable and inclusive, and to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing individuals underrepresented in the classroom and in higher education careers. We encourage applications from candidates who promote equity and diversity through teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, educational background, or service.

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Benefits Eligible

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae and 3) statement of leadership experience and vision for the Department of Genetics that addresses teaching, research, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (uploaded as Document #1). Candidates should also submit names and contact information for three references, who will be asked to provide letters of recommendation if the candidate is selected for an interview. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee at this email address: [email protected] All applications received by November 4, 2022, will receive full consideration, and review will continue until the position is filled.

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]).

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Department Chair/Head AC

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Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track or Tenured

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Genetics or a related field is required.

Position Summary:

The Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia (UGA) invites applications for a Head of Department at the rank of full professor with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2023.

The Head of the Department will be an accomplished scientist, with internationally recognized expertise in genetics. The successful candidate will continue an active role in research and teaching. They will be expected to have a well-developed vision for the Department of Genetics, an active research program, a commitment to teaching and mentoring, and a plan for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Head of the Department will report to the Dean of the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences and will oversee academic, personnel, administrative, and budgetary matters in the department.

Additional Requirements:

Requirements for the full professor rank are outlined in the University Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Guidelines and the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines for the Department of Genetics. To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as a 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.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

We are broadly interested in life scientists who address fundamental questions in genetics and who are eager to lead our department. The research questions could be basic or translational and should complement one or more existing research areas in the department.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a history of leadership that has prepared them for leading a department.

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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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