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Assistant Professor - Post-Harvest Physiologist

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 20, 2023

Position Summary

The Department of Horticulture ( ) at the University of Georgia ( UGA ) invites applicants for a Tenure Track position (Academic 9 month appointment) in Post-Harvest Physiology at the Assistant Professor rank.

The Successful Candidate will be expected to utilize the tools of modern biology, including but not limited to genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, biochemistry, and gene editing with the ultimate goal of improving product quality and extending shelf-life. The candidate will also develop a leading extension program around the critical issue of fresh food distribution and reduction of food losses. This is a Full-time faculty appointment based in Tifton, GA. This position will report to the Department Head.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2024. Complete applications received by February 29, 2024 will be assured of full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Materials to be uploaded include (1) a letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) unofficial transcripts; 4) a Personal Statement (your statement should include your philosophy and plans for research, extension and service, as applicable), and (5) Names and Contact Information of three (3) professional references. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Angelos Deltsidis, Chair of the Search Committee

Selected applicants will be required to submit a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

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Assistant Professor - Post-Harvest Physiologist



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

UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences ( CAES ) is a renowned institution dedicated to innovative research, transformative education, and impactful outreach in agriculture, environmental sciences, and food security. With a rich history spanning over 150 years, UGA CAES is a leader in addressing global challenges and shaping the future of sustainable practices.

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Benefits Eligible


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Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Tifton 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

A Ph.D. in Horticulture or a related field.

Additional Requirements

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

The candidate should have a track record of success addressing postharvest physiology of relevant horticultural commodities for the state of Georgia, with emphasis on vegetables.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Candidates should demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated commitment to high-quality research.

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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 .

Background Investigation Policy

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website .



This position includes a 75% Research, 20% Extension, 5% Service allocation of effort. The successful candidate is expected to:
1) Study preharvest and postharvest factors that affect fundamental physiological and biochemical processes to determine the quality and shelf-life of specialty crops.
2) Investigate novel postharvest technologies and treatments that extend the shelf life and prevent quality losses in fresh produce.
3) Explore gene editing techniques that can be used to improve postharvest quality traits.
4) Collaborate with the existing fruit and vegetable researchers in the Department of Horticulture and other departments within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (including but not limited to Food Science and Technology, Plant Pathology, Entomology.
5) Procure extramural funding and lead cross-disciplinary proposals aimed at improving postharvest quality of fresh produce in the State of Georgia.
6) Publish research findings in peer reviewed journals, and regularly participate in other scholarly and departmental activities.
7) Establish an active and sustained research program that includes supervision of graduate students.
8) Provide training, resource materials and technical assistance to county Extension agents and industry stakeholders.

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  4. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
  5. List of References with Contact Information
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