Assistant Professor in Collections-Based Research

Position Summary

The Department of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia ( ) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in collections-based research focused on plant diversity, ecology, evolution, and/or conservation to begin Aug 1, 2023 at the level of Assistant Professor. The successful applicant will also serve as Curator of the University of Georgia Herbarium [GA], one of the largest herbaria in the southeastern United States with > 230,000 vascular plant specimens. Collections-based research foci could include, but are not limited to: plant conservation, plant responses to climate change, plant-fungal interactions, plant biogeography, the ecological impact of invasive plants, crop-wild relatives and plant domestication, plant-centered data science, ethnobotany, and systematics and evolution. Outstanding opportunities for collaboration exist with the GA Museum of Natural History ( ), the State Botanical Garden ( ), and plant science faculty across departments and colleges ( ). UGA provides excellent research infrastructure including extensive greenhouses, the Georgia Genomics and Bioinformatics Core, a Microscopy Core, and the Georgia Advanced Computing Resource Center.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates should submit a: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research interests and plans for future collections-based research and herbarium curation (3 pages max); and (4) statement of teaching interests and philosophy (2 pages max). Perspectives on diversity, equity, and inclusion should be integrated into both the research and teaching statements. Candidates should also arrange for the submission of a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation to: . Questions can be directed to the search committee using the same address. Completed applications received by Nov. 4, 2022 are assured full consideration, though review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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Assistant Professor in Collections-Based Research


Franklin-Plant Biology

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.

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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, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply

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Athens Area

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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 (

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Assistant Professor


Faculty Rank

Assistant Professor

Contract Type

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

A PhD (or equivalent) in plant biology or a related field is required at the time of appointment.

Additional Requirements

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

1+ year of postdoctoral experience is highly desirable.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Competitive applicants will have a strong record of research productivity, demonstrate a well-developed research plan, and exhibit a commitment to inclusive teaching/mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior success utilizing and/or managing herbarium/museum collections is highly desirable.

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  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
  4. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
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