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Assistant Professor - Blueberry Breeder

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 20, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology
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Full Time
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Position Summary

The Department of Horticulture ( ), The University of Georgia, is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor of Horticulture with responsibilities in Blueberry breeding. The position is a nine-month tenure track position with an 80% Research and 20% Extension appointment. The successful applicant will be expected to establish a research and extension program that will use traditional and modern plant breeding techniques to address high priority problems/issues in blueberry breeding; provide training, resource materials and technical assistance to county extension agents; procure extramural funding; publish research findings; and regularly participate in other scholarly and departmental activities including participation in and support of graduate education. The candidate will be expected to have national recognition for their efforts and interact effectively with growers, industry leaders, government agencies, grower organizations, as well as other disciplines, and develop regional cooperation when feasible. The position will be located at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, Tifton, Georgia. Frequent automobile travel to a variety of sites, including many rural locations, is expected of the position.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit the following documentation in electronic format: (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vita, (3) unofficial transcripts (4) a list of 4 references with contact information including email address, (5) a 1 to 2-page statement of research accomplishments and future goals, and (6) a 1 to 2-page statement of extension philosophy, accomplishments and future goals.

Inquiries regarding the position should be sent to:
Dr. Cecilia McGregor
Phone: 706 542 2471

To assure full consideration, applications must be received by 30 January 2022. The expected start date is 1 June 2022 and the position will remain open until filled.

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Assistant Professor - Blueberry Breeder



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 Horticulture at UGA consists of 29 faculty members situated in a stimulating, multi-campus environment with an excellent reputation in research, extension and teaching. The three campuses of the University of Georgia (Athens, Tifton and Griffin) are multidisciplinary, multi-agency facilities with access to well-equipped research farms throughout the state. Opportunities for collaboration within the UGA Blueberry Team and with colleagues in other departments and institutions are plentiful and encouraged.

Georgia is ranked No. 4 in the nation for blueberry production, and the potential for growth in the industry is strong. Blueberries had a farm gate value of $220 million in 2019 and contributed $612 million to Georgia’s economy. Research and education in this field is critical to developing new varieties, staying ahead of production challenges, and maximizing economic impact.

LOCATION : Department of Horticulture, UGA -Tifton Campus. Located within a 3-hour drive from 4 flagship college campuses, the UGA -Tifton campus is home to 105 scientists and more than 200 support staff. On-campus resources include office, laboratory, greenhouse, irrigated research orchard and agricultural machinery.

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Benefits Eligible


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Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Tifton 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 (

UGA Statement

PLEASE NOTE : On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Assistant Professor


Faculty Rank

Assistant Professor

Contract Type

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Horticulture or related field.

Additional Requirements

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

Preference will be given to candidates with a record of research and/or extension programming excellence. Preference will also be given to candidates with a background in cultivar development.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

The incoming faculty member must collaborate and work cooperatively with other scientists, county faculty, and industry clientele as well as have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Physical Demands

Is this a Position of Trust?


Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?


Does this position require a P-Card?


Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?


Is driving a responsibility of this position?


Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)


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