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Research Scientist - Vet. Anat. Pathologist

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 24, 2021

Position Summary

The Infectious Diseases Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA has one opening for a veterinary anatomic pathologist, with a focus on exotic animal species. The incoming individual will join the Zoo and Exotic Animal Pathology Service ( ZEAPS ), with a diverse faculty, including 4 pathologists, with over three decades of expertise in avian, aquatic, exotic, and wild animals. The position comprises primary responsibility for the majority of duty weeks on our ZEAPS service, the default person for organization of the field necropsy team, and special diagnostic projects. The starting salary is dependent on the applicant’s experience and years of training.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Brittany McHale (706-542-5812, ). The following application materials must be sent electronically in PDF format through UGA Jobs: curriculum vitae, statement of professional goals, a list of references with contact information and unofficial veterinary school transcripts, post-graduate transcripts, and certificate programs, if applicable." Each file should be labeled with the applicant’s last name and file contents (e.g., Johnson_CV.pdf). Three names of references are required. Top candidates may be asked to participate in phone and/or in-person interviews. Applications submitted by November 1st, 2021 are assured consideration. The employment starting date for the successful candidate is negotiable and can be as early as December 1st, 2021. As required by University of Georgia policy, the successful candidate will be subject to background investigation.

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Research Scientist - Vet. Anat. Pathologist


VetMed-SAMS Infect Disease Lab

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 UGA Zoo and Exotic Animal Pathology Service is a joint endeavor between the Infectious Diseases Laboratory ( IDL ) and the Department of Pathology, whose leadership collaboratively provides support and direction. For more than 30 years, the IDL has used advanced technology to provide fast and accurate diagnoses on a variety of diseases that impact the health of companion animals, exotic animals, and wildlife.

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Benefits Eligible


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Job Closing Date

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

Researcher AC


Faculty Rank

Open Rank

Contract Type

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must possess a DVM or equivalent degree

Additional Requirements

Three years of anatomic pathology residency training, and an ACVP (or equivalent) board certification are also required.

The position is at the Research Scientist level. The Research Scientist faculty track includes the ranks of Assistant Research Scientist, Associate Research Scientist, and Senior Research Scientist. The Research Scientist faculty tracks are non-tenure faculty positions involved in some aspect of research, research-related instruction, research service, and/or research administration. Occupants of this position have obtained the terminal degree of the discipline (or equivalent), and most often have postdoctoral research experience prior to appointment.

Appointment to and promotion within the Research Scientist series includes consideration of years in rank, levels of experience and accomplishment, degree of independence, evidence of trajectory toward national and international recognition, and impact within one’s discipline. Prior service at other colleges/universities or in other related professional activities may qualify for consideration in meeting the requirement for years in rank but are not automatically applicable.

The Assistant Research Scientist position is primarily an entry-level faculty position analogous to the Assistant Professor rank. A minimum number of years in a lower rank are not required. Individuals eligible for appointment to this rank should possess strong potential for creative and productive research. In addition, they should show clear potential for obtaining independent research grants or contracts on which they would serve as coprincipal or principal investigators

The Associate Research Scientist position is a faculty position analogous to the Associate Professor rank. Under normal circumstances, candidates for appointment or promotion to this rank must have had four years of experience at the Assistant Research Scientist level (or equivalent) either at the UGA or another institution. A candidate must have demonstrated consistency and direction in his/her research or research service and must have achieved a substantial measure of accomplishment or creative contributions in the field of specialization.

The Senior Research Scientist position is a faculty position analogous to the Full Professor rank. An individual would normally be eligible for appointment or promotion to this rank after five years of experience at the Associate Research Scientist (or equivalent) either at the UGA or another institution. The candidate should clearly be independent and should have achieved strong national and international recognition in the field.

The individual must be a United States citizen or be eligible for lawful admission to the United States.

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

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Physical Demands

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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
Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References with Contact Information
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcripts

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