Asst. Professor - Evolutionary Ecology

The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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Asst. Professor - Evolutionary Ecology


Ecology-Odum School of Ecology

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 3,000 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.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates should provide these materials: (1) a cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement (3 pages maximum) highlighting contributions to evolutionary ecology; (4) a combined teaching and mentoring statement, integrating ideas and efforts that support UGA’s values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and service (; 2 page maximum); and (5) names and contact information for three references. Questions about the search can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Jill Anderson, at We will begin reviewing applications on September 18, 2023 and all applications received by that date will receive full consideration.

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 (

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Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor

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Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field.

Position Summary:

The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Evolutionary Ecology. This academic year 9-month appointment position would begin August 1, 2024. We seek to hire a colleague whose research addresses cutting-edge questions at the intersection of ecological and evolutionary processes. We encourage applications from scientists who examine eco-evolutionary questions in natural environments, which might include freshwater, marine, or terrestrial systems. We especially welcome applications from candidates who study the evolutionary consequences of environmental change. The successful candidate will build on growing strengths in evolutionary ecology in the Odum School and could forge collaborations with faculty in other units on campus, including Bioinformatics, Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology, Forestry and Natural Resources, Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Marine Sciences, Plant Biology, and Veterinary Medicine.

The faculty member will contribute to teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in evolutionary ecology and other topics based on the person’s area of expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program that is recognized nationally and internationally.

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

Applicants should have expertise in evolutionary ecology, broadly defined. For example, amongst other topics, applicants could investigate how ecological agents of selection shape phenotypic evolution, feedbacks between evolution and ecology, coevolutionary dynamics, eco-evolutionary processes in the context of global changes, or life history evolution.

Candidates may employ a variety of methodologies, including field, lab, genomic studies or computational techniques, and combinations of these approaches.

Postdoc research history is preferred.

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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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