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Assistant Professor: Entomologist (Vegetable IPM)

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Assistant Professor: Entomologist (Vegetable IPM)



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.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The Department of Entomology includes 35 faculty, 70 graduate students, 25 undergraduate entomology majors and 110 undergraduate applied biotechnology majors, with a wide range of interests from very applied to fundamental studies. We are a multi-campus environment with an excellent reputation in research, extension and teaching. The three campuses of the University of Georgia (Athens, Tifton and Griffin) are multidisciplinary, multi-agency facilities with access to well-equipped research farms throughout the state. Opportunities for collaboration within the UGA Commodity Teams and with colleagues in other departments and institutions are plentiful and encouraged. The UGA Department of Entomology is an internationally recognized department committed to interdisciplinary research, teaching and extension at local, regional, national and international levels. Our programs encompass basic and applied research on insects in diverse systems, including agricultural/urban, medical/veterinary, aquatic and other ecosystems.

The Tifton Campus is home to ~75 UGA faculty and USDA-ARS scientists plus graduate students, postdocs, and support staff conducting innovative and team-based research and extension to improve production agriculture in Georgia, the nation, and the world. Tifton is a friendly city of nearly 20,000 population located along I-75 in south-central Georgia ~70 miles from the Georgia-Florida state border. The city is situated in the heart of one of the leading and most dynamic agricultural areas of the Southeast.

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Benefits Eligible

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Commensurate with experience

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit the following: a letter of application, detailed curriculum vitae (25-page limit), a one-page statement of research philosophy, and a one page statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference that address qualifications for the position. All application materials and reference contact information should be submitted electronically via UGAJobs ( Complete applications received by October 1, 2023 will be assured of full consideration. Inquiries can be directed to Stormy Sparks, Search Committee Chair, by email at

Location of Vacancy:

Tifton 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 (

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Entomology or a related discipline.

Position Summary:

The Department of Entomology ( at the University of Georgia (UGA) invites applications for a tenure-track position (9 months) in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with emphasis on vegetables at the Assistant Professor rank. We seek candidates with expertise in the area of IPM and experience and/or interest in sustainable production of vegetable crops.
The position includes research (80%), teaching (15%) and service (5%). The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research and teaching program supported by competitive external funding, to publish high-impact research, and to effectively mentor graduate/undergraduate students. The candidate will have expertise in agroecology and IPM theory and practice, which may include areas such as resistance management, applied toxicology, transgenic and molecular approaches, populationgenetics, landscape ecology, or precision agriculture (including remote sensing). A collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to solving important problems within the vegetable industry that strengthens and complements the current programs in the department and college is expected. Multistate and international collaborations are also encouraged. Instructional responsibilities will include an annual undergraduate/graduate-level course in general entomology rotated with an additional course on crop–specific pest management on an as needed basis. The successful candidate is also expected to be active in departmental and university service and professional activities and outreach.

Additional Requirements:

A record of scholarly activities in their field demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and funding for their research consistent appointment as an Assistant Professor.

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

The successful applicant will have a background that includes training and expertise in integrative approaches.
A minimum of 1 year of postdoctoral experience and at least 1 year of experience teaching in a classroom setting are preferred.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Candidates should demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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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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