Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation and Sustainability

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Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation and Sustainability


Franklin-School of Marine Prog

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 Dept. of Marine Sciences has faculty located on both the UGA main campus in Athens, where this position will be located, and at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA. In addition to the Environmental AI cluster, there are opportunities to directly interact with faculty in the Odum School of Ecology, the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the School of Engineering, as well as multiple departments in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and to take advantage of resources at both Skidaway Institute and the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island.

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, people from historically excluded groups, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Georgia is well known for its quality of life in regard to both outdoor and urban activities ( UGA is a land and sea grant institution located in Athens, 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, the state capital (; UGA is currently ranked among the top 16 public universities in U.S. News & World Report, and typically ranks in the top 25 on national rankings of public research universities ( Athens, Georgia is frequently ranked as one of the best places to live in the US:

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications received by December 31, 2022, are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants will be asked to provide names and contact information for 3 references using the online system. Applications should include:
1) cover letter addressing the candidate’s background relative to the responsibilities of the position
2) curriculum vitae
3) a statement of teaching philosophy and a statement of research philosophy that highlights their interest in data science and artificial intelligence, and their contributions to understanding marine conservation and sustainability
4) statement on commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (upload as document #1 in applicant portal)
5) 3 representative publications.

Questions about the cluster: Dr. Daniela Di Iorio ([email protected]), Department Head Marine SciencesQuestions about the position: search committee chair Dr. Merryl Alber ([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:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Marine Sciences (or a related area).

Position Summary:

The University of Georgia (UGA) is hiring seven tenure-track faculty in Environmental Artificial Intelligence (AI) through a Presidential Faculty Hiring Initiative with four positions that started in Fall 2022, and three positions to start in August 2023. The faculty positions are distributed within Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in the Departments of Geography, Marine Sciences, Statistics and the Anthropology. The Environmental AI cluster will strengthen and expand UGA’s position as a global leader in atmospheric, terrestrial, and oceanic processes across wide-ranging spatial and temporal scales.

As part of the cluster hire, the Department of Marine Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation and Sustainability, who applies artificial intelligence to focus on the science of protecting, recovering and sustainably using coastal and marine resources. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) fisheries management, marine protected areas, marine biodiversity, ocean health, and coastal adaptation strategies. The candidate’s research program should involve collection and analysis of large data sets, such as those from sensor networks and automated samplers.

We are particularly interested in candidates who integrate field and computational work and can complement our existing expertise in marine, estuarine and coastal systems. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to our new and growing Ocean Science B.S. program and to the Marine Sciences graduate programs by supporting research and mentoring of students and postdocs, and by teaching courses in areas such as Marine Biology, Marine Policy, and Data Science, as well as advanced courses in their area of specialization.

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

At least one year of postdoctoral experience.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Competitive applicants will have demonstrated interdisciplinary collaborations that cut across academic disciplines. The University is particularly interested in candidates with a history of working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

The successful candidate will have a record that provides evidence of scholarship, synergistic activities, and the potential to maintain an active, externally funded research program.

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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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