Job: Department Head, Microbiology, University of Georgia

Department Head in Microbiology at the University of Georgia

(Mycologists encouraged to apply!)

UGA MicrobiologyThe Department of Microbiology at the University of Georgia is recruiting an outstanding researcher and academic leader for a tenured faculty position as Professor and Head in Fall 2019. We seek a creative and dynamic individual who will lead us into the future as one of the nation’s premier microbiology departments, recognized for innovative and outstanding teaching and research programs and vigorous community involvement. Candidates with research interests that expand or complement existing departmental strengths are particularly encouraged, but all outstanding applicants will be carefully considered. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Microbiology or a related field, a well-funded research program, a scholarship record consistent with appointment as a tenured full professor, and demonstrated potential for leadership. In addition to leadership, the successful candidate will be expected to continue a strong extramurally funded research program and contribute to teaching in the Department. A competitive salary and ample resources will be provided.

The Department is housed in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and has established strengths in research areas that are unified by their focus on understanding and/or applying the fundamental biology of microorganisms (see The Department administers a vigorous graduate training program, currently with 73 Ph.D. students, and has an important role in undergraduate education in microbiology across campus. The candidate is expected to have a strong commitment to enhancing excellence in both undergraduate teaching and graduate training. Our Department provides a link among numerous centers of excellence on campus that share a common association with fundamental research in microbes including the Center for Vaccines and Immunology, the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, and the Center for Topical and Emerging Global Diseases. Our 18 full- time tenure-track faculty are joined by 22 faculty affiliates from diverse departments, making for a rich community of microbiologists on campus.

The University of Georgia is a research-intensive land-grant university located in Athens-Clarke County with strong research facilities in mass spectrometry, NMR, crystallography, fermentation, microscopy, bioinformatics and cell biology. Athens lies in the northern Piedmont region of Georgia an hour-plus drive from Atlanta and its spectrum of cultural and mercantile resources, less than 2 hours from the Chattahoochee National Forest and southern Appalachian mountains, and within easy driving distance of the Atlantic coast. Athens is home to a thriving arts and music community and prides itself on its classical history and cultural diversity (

Interested candidates should submit application materials both to and as a single pdf document to Each pdf application should include a letter of interest highlighting your leadership vision with respect to research, education, and administration, a full curriculum vitae, and names of a minimum of three referees. The search committee will begin its review of applications on November 15 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position can be directed to the chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Christopher West, at

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. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.

Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (  Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

PDF of advertisement: UGA Microbiology Head Ad

Job: Assistant Professor Plant Pathology, UW-Madison

UW LogoThe Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology. Applications are invited from individuals with expertise in any area of plant pathology. This position will investigate aspects of plant pathology in areas of the incumbent’s choosing with some emphasis on diseases pertinent to the production and trade of seed potatoes and will contribute to the teaching mission of the department.

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Degree and area of specialization: Ph.D. in plant pathology, plant biology, microbiology, entomology, or related discipline required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: Candidates with a strong foundation in the principles and concepts of plant pathology and relevant research experience; effective oral and written communication skills; and a positive attitude for teamwork, including the ability to lead and motivate others, will be sought for this position.

Position Summary: The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology. Applications are invited from individuals with expertise in any area of plant pathology. This faculty position is an academic nine-month appointment.

Principal Duties: This position will investigate aspects of plant pathology in areas of the incumbent’s choosing with some emphasis on diseases pertinent to the production and trade of seed potatoes and will contribute to the teaching mission of the department. The incumbent will have access to rich intellectual, as well as infrastructural resources, with their administrative association with the nationally renowned Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program (WSPCP). The position carries an approximate 70% research, 20% teaching, 10% administrative distribution of effort, and a 9-month appointment (with opportunity to fund summer salary through other sources). An advisory group will support the incumbent in directing the WSPCP in initial years.

Focus areas could address various aspects of potato pathology, including, but not limited to: diagnostics; infection biology including plant defense mechanisms; ecology, epidemiology, genomics, or population genetics of pathogens relevant to seed potato production; and systems biology of seed potato production. We expect the incumbent to develop a program that bridges fundamental and translational research. Collaboration is expected with colleagues specializing in horticulture, microbiology, entomology, and related disciplines. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous extramurally-funded research program while teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Teaching may include an introductory undergraduate biology and/or plant pathology course, and/or a senior capstone or graduate level course in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Additional Information: The University of Wisconsin-Madison attracts outstanding graduate students and offers high quality research and teaching facilities, both in Madison and in Rhinelander, WI, at the Lelah Starks Elite Seed Potato Farm. The successful candidate will join a thriving community of potato researchers and extension specialists locally and nationally. Many opportunities exist on the campus for collaboration across a broad array of disciplines. Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, is a picturesque and progressive city with a strong economy and a vibrant cultural environment.

Anticipated begin date: July 1, 2019

Apply via Jobs@UW. Application materials to be submitted include: 1) a letter of application; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) one PDF document with statements of teaching and research interests; 4) one PDF document containing copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and 5) contact information for three references.

Applications received by January 1, 2019, will be assured full consideration; review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to the position search committee chair, Dr. Amanda Gevens at Email: Phone: 608-575-3029
1630 Linden Drive, 689 Russell Laboratories, Madison, WI 53706-1598

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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Job: Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, Montana State

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Montana State University seeks an Assistant Professor of PlantPathology (80% research 20% teaching).  This position, formerly held by John Sherwood, is an excellent career opportunity for a well-trained plant pathologist with interest in fundamental questions of plant pathology.   The successful candidate will have the freedom to conduct research on areas of their own interest with an emphasis on disease systems relevant to Montana and/or the Pacific Northwest.

Application information

Screening of applications will begin on December 15, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.