ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (Vector Biology & Ecology) – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
The Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) at the University of Georgia invite applications for a joint appointment, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of vector ecology. Two positions are available. One will be located in Athens, GA in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a second position will be located at the SREL. Areas of research might include, but are not limited to: arbovirus-vector interactions, pathogen and vector responses to climate change or land use, emerging vector-borne diseases, evolutionary strategies for limiting the spread of insecticide and drug resistance in pathogens and vectors, determinants of host shifts within and between ecosystems, behavioral influences of infectious disease dynamics, and terrestrial-aquatic linkages. Candidates should have a strong question-driven research program, which incorporates experimental (i.e., field, lab, molecular) approaches, to address the most challenging problems in one or more of these areas. The University of Georgia has world-renowned departmental programs in both Infectious Diseases (https://vet.uga.edu/id) and Ecology (http://www.ecology.uga.edu), which are augmented by research centers focused on parasitology (https://ctegd.uga.edu) and disease ecology (http://ceid.uga.edu and https://srel.uga.edu). These faculty positions are intended to strengthen ties between units that offer much support for collaboration in areas of graduate training, research and undergraduate education. The candidates will have priority access to newly constructed Arthropod Containment Level II/III and BSL II facilities at both locations.
Successful candidates will be expected to develop and maintain a rigorous, externally funded research program, and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring. A PhD or equivalent in vector biology, biology, microbiology, or related field is required, and at least one year of postdoctoral experience is required. At least three years of other documented experience relevant to the position description and a focus on the use of molecular tools to investigate vectors and vector borne diseases is preferred. To apply, candidates should: Combine into a single PDF file a (I) cover letter, (II) curriculum vitae, (III) statement of research accomplishments and future goals (2 page max.), (IV) statement of teaching philosophy and experiences regarding instruction and mentoring (2 page max.), and (V) a statement of commitment to diversity and inclusion (2 page max.). In a separate PDF file, candidates should combine three reprints of authored research papers.. Candidates should submit names and contact information (email address and phone) for three references. Initial consideration of applications will begin December 1st and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 3rd, 2022. The anticipated start date for the position is August 1, 2022.
One of the successful candidates will be located at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, SC. The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory is a research unit of the University of Georgia located on the 300 mi2 Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy facility near Aiken, SC. With a staff of over 175 faculty members, postdocs, research professionals, technicians, and graduate students, the laboratory pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems. SREL also provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research training, and service to the community through environmental outreach. Throughout its 70-year history SREL has strived to acquire and communicate knowledge that contributes to sound ecological stewardship.
The second candidate will be located at the Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Department of Infectious Diseases is home to 49 faculty members focusing a variety of viral, bacterial, and parasitic infectious diseases with strengths in immunology, vaccinology, drug discovery and investigation of host-pathogen interactions. IDIS is home to additional Arthropod Containment Level II/III and BSL II/III facilities.
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