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Assistant or Associate Professor: Precision Agriculture Systems- 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 (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 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. UGAwas 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 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGAHealth Sciences Campus in Athens.
 
The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is among the best and most established U.S. colleges of agriculture. In its classrooms, its Agricultural Experiment Stations and its statewide network of UGA Cooperative Extension offices, the faculty and staff of CAES are dedicated to discovering, teaching, and delivering the science required for healthy living to flourish in Georgia. Agricultural and environmental sciences are only as important as the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the water and air around you. To improve the quality and guard the safety of life’s necessities, CAES has gathered world-renowned scientists and exceptional students.
 

University of Georgia’s Tifton Campus (http://tifton.caes.uga.edu/) is situated in the heart of one of the leading and most dynamic agricultural areas of the Southeast U.S. Tifton is a friendly city with a population of 17,000 located along I-75 in south-central Georgia (http://www.tifton.net/) with easy access to Atlanta’s International Airport. The UGA Tifton Campus includes 7,000 acres within south Georgia inclusive of field research facilities at Alma, Attapulgus, Camilla, Lyons, Midville, Plains, and Tifton. UGA researchers also collaborate with USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists based on campus. Students attending classes on the UGA Tifton Campus can earn a UGA Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a Master’s Degree in Plant Protection, or other degree majors. The campus is also home to the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory, a collaborative, interdisciplinary research program that develops agricultural methods that safeguard natural resources.

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Job Description

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) at the University of Georgia seeks two (2) outstanding and qualified candidates for a full-time 9-month appointment (with two-months of guaranteed summer salary), 80% Extension / 20% Research, tenure-track faculty position based at the University of Georgia’s Tifton Campus in Tifton, GA (http://tifton.caes.uga.edu/). The successful candidates are expected to develop local, state, regional, national, and internationally recognized programs broadly focused on the area of Precision Agriculture. Specific areas of emphasis will be based on the candidates’ strengths, and will include topics such as Advanced Machinery Systems, Remote Sensing and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Autonomy in Agriculture, and other related fields and topics. Based on the successful candidates’ background and area of expertise, their appropriate home department within CAES will be either Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology, Horticulture, or Plant Pathology.

Position Summary

The successful candidates are expected to:
• Develop strong, externally funded Extension and research programs in one or more of the following areas:
– Application and utilization of robotic technologies in precision agriculture
– Utilization and implementation of precision-agriculture technologies such as yield monitors, field mapping, remote sensing, advanced data mapping and collection for site specific agriculture
– Evaluation and education in digital agriculture for producers
– Utilization of systems such as guidance systems for off-road vehicles and control systems and sensors for variable rate application
– Implementation of precision agriculture as it relates to the production of “specialty crops” grown in Georgia
– Development of field experiments as related to precision technologies
– Development and evaluation of machinery systems such as planters, fertilizer spreaders, sprayers, harvesters, tillage equipment and other equipment utilized in field operations.

• Work with the existing UGA Precision Agriculture Team and other faculty within CAES, the College of Engineering and related disciplines to provide leadership in precision agriculture solutions to crop production in the southeastern U.S.

• Develop both Extension and research materials which can be presented at local, regional, national and international meetings.

• Mentor graduate students.

Position Requirements

All applicants must possess a PhD. in mechanical / biological / agricultural / biosystems engineering, agronomy, crop and soil sciences, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, or related field with documented expertise in Precision Agriculture as it relates to the candidate’s area of knowledge.

To be considered for the rank of Associate Professor, candidates should demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of emerging stature as a regional or national authority as appropriate for the position.

Assessment of rank on hire for appointees will be consistent with the requirements for ranks beginning on page 21 of the UGAGuidelines for Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure (https://provost.uga.edu/_resources/documents/UGA_Guidelines_for_APT_4_2017_online.pdf) and the tenure processes of the appointing department UGA P&T Criteria by Unit (https://provost.uga.edu/policies/appointment-promotion-and-tenure/promotion-tenure-criteria/).

To be eligible for tenure on appointment, candidates must be appointed as an Associate Professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Any request for tenure upon appointment must be approved before hire.

Frequent automobile travel to a variety of sites, including many rural locations, is expected and required of this position.

The successful candidates should have a solid background in the areas listed above, demonstrated a record of scholarship, show evidence of potential to secure extramural funding, and be able to perform and publish high quality integrated work. Excellent oral and written communication skills are critical for success in these positions as they have a high Extension appointment. The ability and desire to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment is expected.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for full consideration is July 1, 2019, and applications will be accepted until suitable candidates are identified. Nominations are encouraged and will be accepted. Nominations, questions and/or other inquiries about the positions should be directed to Dr. Wesley M. Porter, Chair of the Search Committee (wporter@uga.edu). All application materials must be submitted via this online posting. Materials to be uploaded include (1) a letter of application including a statement of Extension and Research philosophy, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts, and (4) the contact information of at least three professional references.

To see more information or apply for this postion, visit the University of Georgia's website at https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/89190.