Skip to main content

Assistant Professor - Ornamental Breeding

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 16, 2024

Job Details

Position Summary

The Department of Horticulture ( ) at the University of Georgia ( UGA ) is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Professor with primary responsibilities in ornamental plant breeding . This is a Tenure Track, academic full-time, nine-month appointment, with 80% Research, 15% Teaching, and 5% Service appointment.

The Successful Candidate will be expected to 1) develop a local, state, regionally, and nationally recognized program that will use traditional and modern techniques to address high priority issues in breeding for ornamental crops, 2) procure extramural funding, publish research findings, and regularly participate in other scholarly and departmental activities, 3) establish an active and sustained research program that includes supervision of graduate students, 4) collaborate with the faculty in the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics ( ), the Plant Center ( ) and other faculty within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and related disciplines, 5) teach one online graduate course on breeding for ornamental crops, 6) interact effectively with growers, green industry leaders, government agencies, as well as other disciplines.

The position is based on the UGA -Griffin Campus in Griffin, GA, 30 miles south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. UGA -Griffin lies in the heart of one of the nation’s fastest growing areas in the nation. The 123-acre campus is one of the premier agricultural research centers in the region, housing world-class research facilities such as the Center for Urban Agriculture and the USDA’s Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit. This position will report to the Head of the Department of Horticulture.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2024; 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) statement of research philosophy, (5) statement of teaching philosophy, and (6) names and contact information of four professional references. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Bodie Pennisi, Chair of the Search Committee, at

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

Posting Details

Posting Number


Working Title

Assistant Professor - Ornamental Breeding



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

We improve the environment, health and well-being of citizens in Georgia and around the globe using innovative research, experiential teaching and outreach to increase the profitability and sustainability of horticulture. We increase public awareness of the positive aspects of horticulture, educate the horticulture workforce, and proactively shape the future of horticulture.

College/Unit/Department website

Posting Type


Retirement Plan

Employment Type


Benefits Eligibility

Benefits Eligible


Advertised Salary

Anticipated Start Date


Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)

Job Posting Date


Job Closing Date

Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Griffin 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 (

USG Core Values Statement

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning, as well the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at .

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at .

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 Plant Breeding, Plant Genetics, Horticulture, Plant Science, Plant Physiology/Biology, or related field with emphasis on plant breeding.

Additional Requirements

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

The candidate should have a record of accomplishments in the horticulture and/or breeding of annual and/or perennial crops (ornamentals preferred), proven by refereed publications, abstracts, and/or proceedings.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Candidates should demonstrate:
  • Commitment to high-quality research.
  • Knowledge of conventional plant breeding and advanced breeding approaches, such as synthetic biology, bioinformatics, marker-assisted selection, genetic mapping, QTL analysis, and statistical genomics and phenomics.
  • Ability to procure extramural funding.
  • Analytical skills to identify problems and create solutions independently.
  • Ability to conduct student success-based instruction.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary faculty, students, and staff team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Physical Demands

Is this a Position of Trust?


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


Does this position require a P-Card?


Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?


Is driving a responsibility of this position?


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


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)


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 .



The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong, externally funded research program addressing the complexity of ornamental plants genetics and environmental interactions focusing on the development of cultivars with improved traits (e.g., appearance, architecture, growth habit, resilience to biotic and abiotic stressors, ecological value, etc.); 2) Release germplasm or cultivars of ornamental crops suitable for production and growth in Georgia, the Southeast US, and beyond; and 3) Lead cross-disciplinary proposals and projects aimed at improving development of ornamental plants in the State of Georgia.

Percentage Of Time


Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
  5. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
  6. List of References with Contact Information
Optional Documents


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert

Similar jobs