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Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation and Sustainability

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 7, 2022

Position Summary

The University of Georgia ( UGA ) is hiring seven tenure-track faculty in Environmental Artificial Intelligence (AI) through a Presidential Faculty Hiring Initiative with four positions that started in Fall 2022, and three positions to start in August 2023. The faculty positions are distributed within Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in the Departments of Geography , Marine Sciences , Statistics and the Anthropology . The Environmental AI cluster will strengthen and expand UGA’s position as a global leader in atmospheric, terrestrial, and oceanic processes across wide-ranging spatial and temporal scales.

As part of the cluster hire, the Department of Marine Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation and Sustainability, who applies artificial intelligence to focus on the science of protecting, recovering and sustainably using coastal and marine resources. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) fisheries management, marine protected areas, marine biodiversity, ocean health, and coastal adaptation strategies. The candidate’s research program should involve collection and analysis of large data sets, such as those from sensor networks and automated samplers.

We are particularly interested in candidates who integrate field and computational work and can complement our existing expertise in marine, estuarine and coastal systems. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to our new and growing Ocean Science B.S. program and to the Marine Sciences graduate programs by supporting research and mentoring of students and postdocs, and by teaching courses in areas such as Marine Biology, Marine Policy, and Data Science, as well as advanced courses in their area of specialization.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications received by December 31, 2022, are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants will be asked to provide names and contact information for 3 references using the online system. Applications should include:
1) cover letter addressing the candidate’s background relative to the responsibilities of the position
2) curriculum vitae
3) a statement of teaching philosophy and a statement of research philosophy that highlights their interest in data science and artificial intelligence, and their contributions to understanding marine conservation and sustainability
4) statement on commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (upload as document #1 in applicant portal)
5) 3 representative publications.

Questions about the cluster: Dr. Daniela Di Iorio ( ), Department Head Marine Sciences
Questions about the position: search committee chair Dr. Merryl Alber ( )

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Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation and Sustainability


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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 ( ). 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 Dept. of Marine Sciences has faculty located on both the UGA main campus in Athens, where this position will be located, and at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA. In addition to the Environmental AI cluster, there are opportunities to directly interact with faculty in the Odum School of Ecology, the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the School of Engineering, as well as multiple departments in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and to take advantage of resources at both Skidaway Institute and the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island.

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, people from historically excluded groups, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Georgia is well known for its quality of life in regard to both outdoor and urban activities ( ). UGA is a land and sea grant institution located in Athens, 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, the state capital ( ; ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 16 public universities in U.S. News & World Report, and typically ranks in the top 25 on national rankings of public research universities ( ). Athens, Georgia is frequently ranked as one of the best places to live in the US:

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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 (

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 a Ph.D. or equivalent in Marine Sciences (or a related area).

Additional Requirements

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

At least one year of postdoctoral experience.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Competitive applicants will have demonstrated interdisciplinary collaborations that cut across academic disciplines. The University is particularly interested in candidates with a history of working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

The successful candidate will have a record that provides evidence of scholarship, synergistic activities, and the potential to maintain an active, externally funded research program.

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Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?


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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?


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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.


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Applicant Documents
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  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Sample Publications
  4. Other Documents #1
  5. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
  6. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
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