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Assistant Professor - Turfgrass Weed Scientist (Griffin)

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Position Summary

The Department of Crop and Soil Science is seeking an Assistant Professor for the University of Georgia, Griffin Campus. The position is a 9 (+2)-month, tenure-track position in Turfgrass Weed Management with 60% Extension, 35% research and 5% service.

This position is responsible for developing a nationally/internationally recognized Extension and applied research program focused on the management of weeds in turfgrass and noncropland systems. The position is expected to collaborate with UGA Turfgrass Team members and provide timely, holistic information on weed management in turfgrass and noncropland grass systems.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on June 21, 2024; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Materials to be uploaded include (1) Letter of application; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) Unofficial transcripts; (4) Statement of Extension philosophy (5) Statement of research vision, and (6) Names and Contact Information of three professional references. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. David Jespersen, Chair of the Search Committee

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Assistant Professor - Turfgrass Weed Scientist (Griffin)


CAES-Crop & Soil Sciences

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 Department of Crop and Soil Sciences resides in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which has teaching, research, and outreach programs at three campuses across the state: Athens, Griffin, and Tifton. The department has teaching, research, and extension faculty at all three locations which conduct basic and applied research that is important to clientele in the state of Georgia and that adds to the body of knowledge basic to agricultural production and environmental management. The Department has faculty with expertise that can be grouped into three general areas: cultivar development, genetics, and biotechnology; crop management, physiology, weed management; and environmental sciences and natural resource management.

The Griffin Campus of the University of Georgia lies in the heart of one of the nation’s fastestgrowing areas and is located just 30 miles south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport ( The research and extension programs at the Griffin Campus focus on the following areas: turfgrass science; food safety and quality enhancement; biotechnology and genetics; crop and pest management; environmental and natural resource management; and urban agriculture. The Griffin main campus lies on 123 acres and includes four outlying research farms. The Crop and Soil Science unit at Griffin consists of 8 faculty and 9 support staff, while the Campus has 48 faculty and 109 support staff and houses the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture. The campus also houses a USDA Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit and several other programs potentially useful to this position (

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Griffin Area

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Position Information

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Assistant Professor


Faculty Rank

Assistant Professor

Contract Type

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Weed Science, Agronomy, Crop Science, or a closely related field.

Additional Requirements

The candidate will have strong credentials in Weed Science that relate to the job responsibilities, including expertise with weed identification and taxonomy. The incumbent should have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, secure extramural funding and publish research findings and outreach education materials.

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

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Provide leadership in developing extension and research programs for the management of weeds in turfgrass and noncropland areas. Coordinate educational outreach programs to assist the turfgrass industry, county Extension Agents, and various state and federal agencies. Research responsibilities will be flexible depending on the expertise and interest of the scientist but related to weed management in turfgrass and noncropland areas. The individual will be expected to develop a nationally/internationally prominent program, attract extramural funding, publish peer-reviewed journal articles, extension publications, and popular press articles, and participate in graduate student training.

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  1. Cover Letter
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  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Public Svc/Extension Philosophy
  5. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
  6. List of References with Contact Information
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