Assistant Research Scientist / Rural Social Scientist

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Posting Number F1017P Working Title Assistant Research Scientist / Rural Social Scientist Department FACS-Human Devel & Family Sci About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 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 was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 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 Human Development and Family Science has 24 faculty, over 485 undergraduates, and 50 graduate students. The multidisciplinary scientist-practitioner program emphasizes diversity in families through the life cycle. College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Advertised Salary Anticipated Start Date 01/01/2022 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 10/13/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants
The college welcomes applications and nominations of minorities and others who share our passion about and reflect our desire to support a culture of diversity and inclusion. Complete applications received by November 15, 2021 will be given full consideration. The department plans to fill this position by January 2022, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Complete applications must include (1) a cover letter of interest that addresses research experience related to rural stress; (2) a current curriculum vitae; and (3) the contact information for no less than 3 persons committed to writing a letter of recommendation.

Questions about this position or the application process should be directed to Rebecca Brightwell,, Assistant Research Scientist Position Search Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia, 305 Sanford Drive, Athens, GA 30602. 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 (

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Position Details

Classification Title Researcher AC FLSA Faculty Rank Assistant Research Scientist Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications
Doctoral degree (at the time of appointment) in Human Development and Family Science, Sociology, or a closely related area (e.g., social work, psychology, public health). Position Summary
The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences is seeking applications from an outstanding rural social scientist with experience related to farm and ranch stress. The position is
100% research, 12-month, non-tenure track, fiscal year appointment. The position is grant-funded, with an initial funded period of 2 years, potentially renewable. The occupant of this faculty position will be responsible for providing leadership for research related to the Southern Region Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network ( FRSAN ), including analyzing economic, environmental and public health data to identify research-based strategies and creating and evaluating targeted grant activities in community areas of high need (see for more details about FRSAN Georgia). Primary data collection will also be expected in response to informational needs that arise. Dissemination of research findings through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations, in-depth collaboration with the multi-state project teams, and exploration of additional funding opportunities in relation to the farm stress initiative are expected. Computer, statistical software and other needed supports will be provided. Anticipated start date: January 1, 2022.

Responsibilities: Create a model for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network in Georgia. Provide leadership for literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, reports and journal publications related to farmer/farm family stress and effective research- tested programming/resources to reduce that stress. Provide leadership for development and implementation of process and outcome evaluation for the Georgia project components of the regional effort. Work with FRSAN team (including PI’s, field coordinators, project coordinator) to disseminate evaluation results in multiple dissemination formats. Review and synthesize key findings of the Georgia needs assessment, and provide leadership for ongoing development and evaluation of outcomes/activities identified through the needs assessment. Engage in in-depth collaboration with the multi-state project teams to meet needs and identify resources across collaborating states. The position’s home base will be in Athens, Georgia; regular travel to other areas of Georgia will be required.

Employment beyond the two years is dependent upon continuation of external funding Additional Requirements
For additional information about the criteria for appointment, please refer to the UGA Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure and the Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion of Research Scientists. Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
Candidates must have at least 2 years of demonstrated research experience related to occupational and work-related stress in rural communities. Research achievements should include a record of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated evidence of funded grants and contracts, particularly those relevant to farm stress or rural communities. Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? No Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) No 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.


Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Why are you interested in this position? What experiences and skills do you have that are a good fit for this position?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. Describe your experience in coordinating a large project, include your roles, responsibilities, number of people involved in the project, and number of years of experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. A major part of this position is to identify internal and external rural stress resources and mapping their connectivity. The position also involves on-going analysis to identify strengths of the connection and opportunities for improvement. Share with us how you would approach such a large task for the state.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. What research have you published in academic journals? Is there one journal article in particular that you feel might relate to the work of the FRSAN project? Please explain.

    (Open Ended Question)

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