Assistant Prof., Marine Conservation Biology, UGA

The University of Georgia (UGA) Dept. of Marine Sciences in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences seeks to hire a marine conservation biologist. This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level, with an expected start date of August 1, 2020.

The candidate is expected to have a focus on the science of protecting, recovering and sustainably using marine resources. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) marine biodiversity, commercial and recreational fishing practices, quantitative assessments of marine protected areas and other management strategies, adaptation and mitigation practices for ecosystems, and the connections between policy and ocean health. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Marine Sciences (or a related area) and at least one year of postdoctoral experience, as well as a record that provides evidence of scholarship, synergistic activities, and the potential to maintain an active, externally funded research program. The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in areas such as Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, and Marine Policy, as well as advanced courses in their area of specialization.

The Dept. of Marine Sciences has faculty located on both the UGA main campus in Athens, where this position will be located, and at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA. On the Athens campus there are opportunities to directly interact with faculty in the Odum School of Ecology, the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and multiple departments in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences including Plant Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Geology, and Geography. The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Merryl Alber, Chair of the Search Committee ( All application materials must be submitted via the university’s faculty job portal located at Applications received by February 28, 2020 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Materials to be uploaded include i) cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the position, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) statement of research accomplishments and goals (not to exceed 3 pages), iv) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy (not to exceed 3 pages), v) three example publications, and vi) names and contact information of three professional references. Selected applicants will be required to submit a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

The University of Georgia, with over 35,000 students and 2,900 faculty members, is one of the four major educational institutions of the University System of Georgia and offers doctoral degrees in most fields. In addition to its home campus, The University of Georgia maintains and is expanding its list of study-abroad programs around the world. Georgia is well known for its quality of life in regard to both outdoor and urban activities (

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