Assistant Professor in Vector Ecology (tenure track)

University of Georgia

  • Academic Faculty - Tenured
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

The Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) at the University of Georgia invite applications for a jointly appointed, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of vector ecology. The position will be located at the SREL ( in Aiken, SC. Areas of research might include, but are not limited to: 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, terrestrial-aquatic linkages, and modeling infectious disease dynamics across scales of organization. Candidates should have a strong question-driven research program, which incorporates experimental (e.g., field, laboratory, 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 ( and Ecology (, which are augmented by research centers focused on parasitology ( and disease ecology ( and This faculty position is intended to strengthen ties between units that offer much support for collaboration in areas of graduate training, research and undergraduate education. 

The candidate will have priority access to newly constructed Arthropod Containment Level II/III and BSL II facilities at SREL, and will have access to a wide variety of molecular and contaminant analysis equipment available to faculty at the laboratory. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a rigorous, externally funded, and nationally recognized research program, and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring.

Education Requirement:
A PhD or equivalent in disease ecology, biology, microbiology, entomology, epidemiology, or related field is required, and at least one year of postdoctoral experience is required

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 of diverse ecological communities and the wildlife populations that they support.

While the position will be located at the SREL, the candidate will be jointly appointed to 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.

Savannah River Ecology Labortory
Aiken , SC 29803
Melinda Brindley, PhD