Assistant Research Scientist-Molecular Microbiology

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

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
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Full Time

Position Summary

The major responsibilities for this position are to conduct research associated with the development and validation of microbial strains that increase the production of synthesized materials and to develop and valid methods of culturing the bacteria for maximum production of the synthesized materials in as short a growth cycle as possible. In addition to managing a molecular biology research team, the chosen Assistant Research Scientist will also work with a multi-disciplined team of faculty, staff and students within the New Materials Institute to succeed in research objectives defined by the grant sponsor.
For all candidates, salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience, qualifications and the personnel budget from the grant supporting the position.
The successful candidate will join the New Materials Institute currently consisting of five full-time faculty members (tenured and non-tenured), 8 staff and approximately 6 graduate and undergraduate students and ten dedicated technicians

Special Instructions to Applicants

Qualified applicants are invited to submit: (1) a letter of intent including professional interests and career goals, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the name, mailing address, and contact information for three professional references. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Branson W. Ritchie, Search Committee Chairperson, by email ( ) or telephone (706-542-7235). All applications received before November 1, 2021, will be fully considered; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The successful candidate’s employment starting date is negotiable. As required by the University of Georgia policy, the successful candidate will be subject to a background investigation.

The New Materials Institute and UGA College of Veterinary Medicine are committed to enhancing the diversity, equity and inclusion of the Institute and College. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths/experiences in these areas as it relates to research in their cover letter. The Institute and College values all members of the university community, recognizing that differences in experience and culture will lead to a more well-rounded and accepting academic environment. We expect that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in our Principles of Community (

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About the University of Georgia

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Faculty Rank

Assistant Research Scientist

Contract Type

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in biochemistry or molecular biology or equivalent degree.

Additional Requirements

All candidates are expected to have post-doctoral training in molecular biology, microbial genetics or equivalent and at least 15 years of experience in the genetic manipulation of bacteria with an emphasis on microbial synthesis of products based engineered changes to the microbial genome.

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

Demonstrated expertise in working with multi-disciplined teams of scientist in the research and development of microbial strains with specific functional attributes is preferred.

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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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