Position Summary

This is a 9-month tenure track appointment with both research and teaching responsibilities at the Assistant Professor level in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. We are seeking candidates committed to excellence in research and instruction in the area of conservation genetics applied on a landscape level. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative research program by developing grant proposals, securing research funding, publishing in reputable scientific journals, mentoring graduate students, and actively participating in professional scientific societies. Teaching responsibilities will depend on the selected candidate’s interests and areas of expertise but will include developing and teaching a course in landscape conservation genetics. Allocation of appointment responsibilities will be: 53% research, 40% teaching, and 7% professional service.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure full consideration, please apply by September 24, 2021. All applicants MUST apply online through the UGAJobs system ( https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/213865 ). Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts of all college-level work, and names and contact information for three references. In the application, please include a summary of your research scholarship, including your core research questions and approaches, and abilities to secure funding and publish in high quality journals. Please also include a statement of your teaching philosophy, including your experiences with teaching and mentoring students. For those individuals invited for interviews, the chair of the search committee will request letters from the three references, to be sent directly to the chair.

A background investigation and request of official transcripts will be conducted on a post-offer/pre-employment basis.

The starting date is negotiable but will be no later than August 1, 2022. For additional information, please contact Dr. Scott Merkle ( smerkle@uga.edu ), chair of the search committee. We encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

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Assistant Professor


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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 ( https://www.uga.edu/ ). 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 Warnell School ( www.warnell.uga.edu ) is an internationally-acclaimed professional school with a proud history of producing leaders in natural resource management. The program has strengths in applied ecology, game and nongame management, forest management, forest health, quantitative and decision sciences, and spatial analysis. Faculty members collaborate extensively with affiliated programs including the Savannah River Ecology Lab, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, as well as with a host of state and federal agencies and NGOs. Collaborative opportunities are encouraged with disciplines within the School and across the UGA campus. Some Warnell faculty and graduate students also participate in UGA’s pioneering Integrative Conservation PhD Program ( http://icon.uga.edu/ ), which trains students in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to address complex social-ecological problems.

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Benefits Eligible


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Open until 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 (hrweb@uga.edu).

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Assistant Professor


Faculty Rank

Assistant Professor

Contract Type

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have at the time of hire a Ph.D. in genetics, natural resources, ecology or a related field.

Additional Requirements

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

Candidates should have a publication record commensurate with career stage. Preference will be given to candidates with two or more years of research experience in conservation and management of wild populations of any taxonomic group. We are particularly interested in research foci on wild populations that will complement Warnell’s existing research strengths in applied ecology, game and non-game management, forest management, forest health, quantitative and decision sciences, and spatial analysis. A record of teaching effectiveness at the university level is preferred.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Applicants should demonstrate the ability for multidisciplinary collaborative research and a desire for continued collaboration with faculty in Warnell and across the University.

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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.


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