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/Associate Professor in the area of vector diseases and ecology. The position will be located at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) in Athens, GA. Areas of research might include, but are not limited to: virus-mosquito interactions, 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 (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). 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 Arthropod Containment Level II/III and BSL II/III facilities at CVM. 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.
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.
About the College/Unit/Department
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians, and conducting investigations to improve the health of animals as well as people. The college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals, and wildlife by offering the highest quality hospital and diagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the most technologically advanced facilities located on a university campus, the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studying emerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health. The Department of Infectious Diseases is home to 49 faculty members focusing on a variety of viral, bacterial, and parasitic infectious diseases with strengths in immunology, vaccinology, drug discovery, and investigation of host-pathogen interactions.
The College of Veterinary Medicine values all members of the university community, recognizing that differences in experience and culture can only lead to a more well-rounded, accepting academic environment. We have an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in our Principles of Community (http://vet.uga.edu/principles-of-community/
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. SREL is home to additional Arthropod Containment Level II/III and BSL II/III facilities.