The College of Engineering at the University of Georgia is seeking to grow and diversify its programs through investments in faculty with expertise in data science and artificial intelligence as it applies to the research and scholarship in the Precision One Health Initiative cluster. The position seeks to identify highly qualified candidates with expertise at the intersection of data science and biomedical engineering, and will be centered in the College of Engineering's School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering.
The College invites applications for multiple open rank, 9-month tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. These positions will start on August 1, 2023, and are an academic year appointment (9 months) with an opportunity to supplement salary during the summer. Candidates considered for the associate or full professor rank must have qualifications and academic credentials that are commensurate with the promotion and tenure guidelines at the University of Georgia. These guidelines can be found at the College of Engineering Criteria for Promotion and Tenure.
The hiring is part of a campus-wide Presidential Interdisciplinary Faculty Hiring Initiative in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence that aims to recruit 50 faculty members who will educate students and advance research in data science and AI. Rather than being housed exclusively in a single department, however, the majority of UGA’s newly recruited faculty will focus on the fusion of data science and AI in cross-cutting areas such as biomanufacturing, infectious diseases, integrative precision agriculture, ethics, cybersecurity, resilient communities, and the environment.
The focus of this hiring initiative will be in the field of Precision Medicine for One Health - which is an interdisciplinary approach to integrate research for human, animal, and environmental health. The positions will be part of a cluster spanning the School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Public Health, and College of Pharmacy. Areas of research and scholarship may include, but are not limited to, using data science approaches to advance understanding of human health, diagnostics, medical devices, and therapeutics.
The UGA College of Engineering will utilize this initiative to demonstrate our commitment to diversifying our faculty and ensuring that we maintain and grow the culture of equity and inclusivity in our College. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University and the College of Engineering's Strategic Plan, and this hiring initiative will make use of the best practices to ensure an inclusive search process. The Diversity and Inclusion Plan for the College of Engineering identifies priority areas for our investments and through the 2022-2023 academic year we are working to finalize a Diversity Strategic Plan. The college offers structured mentoring programs for all faculty that support professional development. Several programs exist to enhance the inclusiveness of our College, including a student-led Engineering Equity Council and facilitated dialogue that promotes discourse on topics in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The College of Engineering already has significant expertise in basic and translational research in biochemical engineering, cellular and pharmaceutical biomanufacturing, biomaterials and tissue engineering, and biomedical optics. We are interested in candidates that will strengthen or complement these areas in keeping with the theme of data science and artificial intelligence for precision health, in particular the use of mathematical modeling and systems biology tools to develop quantitative models of complex physiological systems to understand mechanisms of disease progression and/or pharmacodynamics.
Faculty hired as part of this initiative will join a rapidly-growing College of Engineering that combines interdisciplinary research and scholarship with excellent instruction and service. The UGA College of Engineering currently enrolls over 4,000 engineering majors and has over 125 full-time faculty across 15 degree programs. The College of Engineering is comprised for four interdisciplinary schools: The School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural, and Mechanical Engineering, The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering, and The School of Computing -- an innovative joint-program shared with Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, which launched this year.
Significant investments in infrastructure have resulted in an expansion of laboratory facilities for research and scholarship and new classrooms and instructional labs. College of Engineering faculty will have space in two major capital projects on campus to create interdisciplinary research facilities. Our main instructional facility, Driftmier Engineering Center, has also undergone complete renovation to create flexible classrooms that enable a range of teaching modalities and the incorporation of interdisciplinary instructional labs. The common instructional facilities also foster diversity by allowing faculty, staff, and students to interact and collaborate in a single facility.
A Ph.D. in any engineering discipline relevant to the field of precision health/medicine.
To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an associate or full 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.
- A strong record of research, scholarship, and instruction that is commensurate with the stage in their professional career and aligned with the areas of research and scholarship associated with this position; a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a focus on interdisciplinary scholarship that addresses critical societal challenges. Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship, teaching, and/or service endeavors.
To apply, please submit applications at: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/284210
Applicants are asked to submit the following information along with their application:
- A detailed curriculum vita. A cover letter (not to exceed one page) addressing the candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the position. A statement describing the candidate’s commitment to diversity and the creation of an equitable and inclusive professional environment – not to exceed 2 pages. A teaching statement not to exceed 2 pages. A research statement not to exceed 2 pages. The names, titles, and contact information for three professional references.
Selected applicants will be required to submit transcripts and a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.
Questions related to the position may be directed to Dr. Hitesh Handa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Luke Mortensen at email@example.com
All applications received by October 31, 2022 will receive full consideration.
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 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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