The University of Georgia invites applications for multiple
positions in Integrative Precision Agriculture at the Assistant,
Associate or Full Professor rank. Building on one of its key
research strengths, the University of Georgia is conducting a
cluster hire to fill nine tenure-track or tenured faculty positions
in the area of Integrative Precision Agriculture, of which at least
four are being recruited for a target start date of August 2022.
This is part of a major hiring initiative that will bring over 50
new faculty members in the broader area of Data Science and AI to
the university. Outstanding candidates who can contribute
significantly to the application of digital agriculture
technologies, data analytics, or models to sustainable
intensification of cropping, plantation forestry, or livestock
systems relevant to the southeastern U.S. are especially encouraged
to apply. Illustrative examples of the type of expertise sought
include, but are not limited to:
- Sensor Development and Distributed Sensing – e.g., novel
embedded sensors and biodegradable sensor networks for distributed
in-situ measurements of plant, soil, and environmental variables
and/or animal health and welfare.
- Systems Modeling – e.g., predicting root and shoot growth,
nutrient and water uptake, host-microbiome interactions, and
pest/pathogen spread at field and landscape scales to fine-tune
site-specific crop management, optimize yield potential, and
minimize environmental impacts.
- AI-Enabled Decision Analysis and Data Analytics – e.g.,
leveraging data from high-resolution images and sensor networks to
improve soil, crop, plant health, or animal welfare management
decisions at field and landscape scales; applying machine learning
and data mining methods to agricultural datasets for yield
prediction and sustainability.
- Automation and Actuation – e.g., robotics and imaging
technologies for phenomics and precision crop or livestock
management; smart machinery for belowground seed placement and
precision pest management; and accurate detection of biotic and
- One of the positions to be recruited will focus specifically on
Co-Robotics and Human-Robot Interactions in agricultural systems.
Research may include human-in-the-loop systems and the safe
co-existence of workers and robots in close proximity while
leveraging the relative strengths of robots and humans in planning
and performance of agricultural tasks. This position will be
recruited into the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
The new faculty members are expected to develop a vigorous,
high-impact, externally funded research program; work closely with
other members of the cluster hire and existing faculty specializing
in precision agriculture; effectively mentor graduate students and
postdoctoral scientists; effectively support our teaching mission
at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and contribute to a
diverse and inclusive environment within the university. Specific
teaching assignments will be negotiated with the hiring department,
but are expected to be commensurate with a 25% instructional
Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin on 4 January 2022; however,
applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Inquiries about the position should be directed to the co-chairs of
the search committee, Dr. Jaime Andres Camelio ( firstname.lastname@example.org
) in the College of
Engineering or Dr. Harald Scherm ( email@example.com
) in the College of
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences.
Materials to be uploaded include i) cover letter addressing the
candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the
position; ii) curriculum vitae; iii) graduate-level academic
transcripts; iv) statement of research interests, including a
discussion of how the candidate’s research would complement
existing precision agriculture efforts at UGA ; v) description of
teaching experience and interests; vi) diversity statement
describing the candidate’s commitment to working toward achieving
equity and enhancing diversity (using Other Documents #1), and vii)
names and contact information of four professional references.
Selected applicants will be required to submit a background
investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the
University of Georgia.
Faculty Cluster Hire in Integrative Precision Agriculture (Open
SRVPAA-SR VP Acad Affrs & Prov
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 ( https://www.uga.edu/
). 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.
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Academic (9 mo.)
Tenure Track or Tenured
All candidates must have a Ph.D. in an agricultural science,
engineering, computer science or related discipline.
All candidates must have a documented research background
appropriate for the appointment rank, as evidenced by peer-reviewed
publications, in the application of technologies, data analytics,
or models to problems in agriculture or biology. For information
about the requirements for each faculty rank, please see the
UGA Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure
To be considered at the rank of Associate Professor, candidates
must have at least 5 full years in rank at the Assistant Professor
level. To be considered at the rank of Professor, candidates must
have at least 5 full years in rank at the Associate Professor
To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be
appointed as an associate or full professor, have been tenured at a
prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to
the institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon
appointment before hire.
Specific criteria for Associate Professor and Professor level in
potential home departments are summarized at
Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or
Two years of postdoctoral experience preferred.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or
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Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- Cover Letter
- Unofficial Transcripts
- Other Documents #1
- List of References with Contact Information
- Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
- Research Portfolio/Philosophy