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Professor, Head of Genetics

Department of Genetics
Athens, Georgia
Posted Date
Oct 4, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Administrative
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia (UGA) invites applications for a Head of Department at the rank of full professor with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2023. We are broadly interested in life scientists who address fundamental questions in genetics and who are eager to lead our department. The research questions could be basic or translational and should complement one or more existing research areas in the department.

The Head of Department will be an accomplished scientist, with internationally recognized expertise in genetics. The successful candidate will continue an active role in research and teaching. The successful applicant will demonstrate a history of leadership that has prepared them for leading a department. They will be expected to have a well-developed vision for the Department of Genetics, an active research program, a commitment to teaching and mentoring, and a plan for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Head of the Department will report to the Dean of the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences and will oversee academic, personnel, administrative, and budgetary matters in the department.

UGA is a research-intensive land-grant university. Research in the Department of Genetics spans a broad range from developmental and molecular genetics to evolutionary biology and ecology, and the department has strengths in functional genomics, developmental genetics, chromatin biology, and evolutionary genetics. The Department of Genetics is home to 30 full-time tenure track research and teaching faculty, two full-time lecturers, 10 postdocs, 57 graduate students, >225 undergraduate students as well as lab and office staff. There are outstanding opportunities for collaborations with faculty across life sciences departments, as well as access to the Georgia Genomics and Bioinformatics Core, the Biomedical Microscopy Core, and the Georgia Advanced Computing Resource Center. UGA is located in the vibrant city of Athens in the northern Piedmont region of Georgia. Athens is 65 miles east of Atlanta, less than two hours from the Chattahoochee National Forest and southern Appalachian Mountains, and within easy driving distance of the Atlantic coast. Athens is home to a thriving arts and music community and prides itself on its cultural diversity (

UGA and the Genetics Department are committed to fostering an environment that is equitable and inclusive, and to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing individuals underrepresented in the classroom and in higher education careers. We encourage applications from candidates who promote equity and diversity through teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, educational background, or service.

A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Genetics or a related field is required. Requirements for the full professor rank are outlined in the University Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Guidelines and the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines for the Department of Genetics. To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as a 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.

Candidates should submit application materials electronically using this link: Applications must include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae and 3) statement of leadership experience and vision for the Department of Genetics that addresses teaching, research, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates should also submit names and contact information for three references, who will be asked to provide letters of recommendation if the candidate is selected for an interview. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee at this email address: All applications received by November 4, 2022, will receive full consideration, and review will continue until the position is filled.

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 (

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