Assistant or Associate Professor – Mycotoxicology & Postharvest Pathology

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 23, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Biology & Life Sciences, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Other Science & Technology
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Posting Number F0935P Working Title Assistant or Associate Professor – Mycotoxicology & Postharvest Pathology Department CAES-Plant Pathology About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. Located 30 miles south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, UGA’s Griffin Campus ( lies in the heart of one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. The 123-acre campus is one of the premier agricultural research centers in the region, housing world-class research facilities such as the Center for Food Safety, the Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center, and the Center for Urban Agriculture.
About the College/Unit/Department
As one of the largest departments of plant pathology in the U.S. (currently 29 tenure and non-tenure track faculty), we are recognized internationally for our comprehensive and integrative research and outreach portfolio, spanning basic, translational and applied programs. Our scientists ensure the economic viability of agriculture, the largest sector of Georgia’s economy, and contribute to national and global food security by reducing crop losses. Equally important, our research increases the understanding of basic biology through new discoveries in pathogen biology, resistance genetics and host pathogen interactions. College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Minorities & Females Advertised Salary Anticipated Start Date 08/01/2022 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 07/23/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications received by 1 October 2021 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin 15 October 2021.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. James Buck, Chair of the Search Committee ( All application materials must be submitted via the university’s job portal at

Materials to be uploaded include i) cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the position, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) graduate-level academic transcripts, iv) statement of research interests, v) statement of Extension interests, and vi) names and contact information of four professional references. Selected applicants will be required to submit a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia. Location of Vacancy Griffin 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 ( UGA Statement
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Position Details

Classification Title Open Rank FLSA Faculty Rank Open Rank Contract Type Academic (9 mo.) Tenure Status Tenure Track or Tenured Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in plant pathology, mycology, mycotoxicology, or a related area. Position Summary
This is an academic-year tenure-track or tenured appointment (75% research, 25% Extension) in the Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia ( UGA ) at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The hiring rank will be determined based on the successful candidate’s prior experience and track record. The position will be housed at UGA’s Griffin Campus ( ) located 40 miles south of Atlanta. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, innovative, internationally recognized, and competitively funded program in the ecology and biology of mycotoxicogenic fungi and postharvest pathogens both in the field and in the postharvest environment, elucidate their host-pathogen interactions, and develop and help implement mycotoxin and postharvest disease mitigation strategies for the southeastern U.S. There is an expectation of excellence in grantsmanship, timely communication of research findings via peer-reviewed journal articles, and active participation in training and mentoring of graduate students and postdocs. The incumbent is expected to work collaboratively and across disciplines with colleagues at UGA, USDA - ARS, and other institutions to achieve research and Extension goals. Both traditional and emerging Extension outreach tools will be utilized to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer and educate Extension agents and producers on mycotoxin and postharvest disease mitigation in agronomic and specialty crops. Additional Requirements
To be considered at the rank of Associate Professor, candidates must have at least 5 full years in rank at the Assistant Professor level.

To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an Associate 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.

The criteria for promotion and tenure in the Department of Plant Pathology are summarized at Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? No Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes 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.


Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to): (1) develop a nationally recognized, industry-relevant research program on mycotoxin and postharvest disease mitigation, (2) utilize both traditional and emerging Extension outreach tools to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer to Extension agents and producers, (3) publish research in high-quality and discipline-appropriate scientific journals, (4) obtain extramural funds to support research and Extension programs, and (5) direct PhD and MS degree students and postdoctoral associates. Percentage Of Time 100 Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
  5. Public Svc/Extension Philosophy
  6. List of References with Contact Information
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