Assistant or Associate Professor

University of Georgia

Athens, GA, USA 🇺🇸

Posting Details

Posting NumberF1045P
Working TitleAssistant or Associate Professor
About the University of GeorgiaThe 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 ( 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/DepartmentThe 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.
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Posting TypeExternal
Retirement Plan
Employment TypeEmployee
Benefits EligibilityBenefits Eligible
Advertised Salary
Anticipated Start Date08/01/2022
Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)
Job Posting Date11/03/2021
Job Closing Date
Open until filledYes
Special Instructions to ApplicantsApplications received by December 31, 2021, are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants will be asked to provide names and contact information for 3 references using the online system. Supporting documents should include a cover letter addressing the candidate’s background relative to the responsibilities of the position, curriculum vitae, 3 representative publications, and a statement on commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. In addition, applicants should provide a statement of teaching philosophy and a statement of research philosophy that highlights their goals and interest in data science and artificial intelligence, and their contributions to understanding environmental change and hydrological and ecosystem science.

Questions about the cluster: Dr. Hilda Kurtz, Department Head GeographyQuestions about the position: Search committee chair Dr. Deepak Mishra
Location of VacancyAthens Area
EEO StatementThe 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 ([email protected]).

Position Details

Classification TitleOpen Rank
Faculty RankOpen Rank
Contract TypeAcademic (9 mo.)
Tenure StatusTenure Track or Tenured
Minimum QualificationsApplicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Geography, GIScience, Environmental or Earth Science, or a related field from an accredited institution. 
Position SummaryThe University of Georgia (UGA) is hiring a cluster of six tenure-track or tenured faculty in Environmental Artificial Intelligence (AI) through a Presidential Faculty Hiring Initiative over two years with three positions to start August 2022, and three positions to start August 2023. The faculty positions are distributed over the following four departments within Franklin College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of GeographyDepartment of Marine SciencesDepartment of Statistics and Department of Anthropology.  

The Environmental AI cluster will strengthen and expand UGA’s position as a global leader in atmospheric, terrestrial, and oceanic processes across wide-ranging spatial and temporal scales. UGA is seeking to build on its existing core strengths in big data analyses and multi-scale modeling of earth and marine systems, paleoclimate, and human-environmental change and organizational complexity by developing innovative computational and statistical methodologies to advance understanding of ecosystem resilience and to support climate science and sustainability. This hiring cluster is aimed at 1) advancing machine learning capabilities in sensor networks and remotely sensed data; 2) simulating and evaluating environmental responses at multiple scales and planning for resource management strategies; and 3) evaluating relationships between environmental forcing mechanisms and responses. Collectively, these new faculty members will contribute to the understanding of ecosystem resiliency in the face of sea-level rise, increasingly extreme weather events, ocean warming and acidification, and how these climate patterns have changed through time.  These are the most challenging and pressing research problems of our time with vast implications for decision-makers and the public for adapting to and mitigating environmental change. To facilitate interaction among these researchers, each faculty member will join the existing Environmental AI working group and be encouraged to collaborate with faculty in related research centers or institutes across campus. 

As part of the cluster hire, the Department of Geography invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor specializing in Geospatial AI (GeoAI) applied to hydrological and ecosystem science. This position starts on August 1, 2022 and is an academic year appointment (9 months) with an opportunity to supplement salary during the summer. 

 The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain a strong externally funded research program advancing novel modeling frameworks and techniques for working with heterogeneous geospatial data. The successful candidate is also expected to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 
Additional RequirementsPlease see the requirements for Assistant and Associate Professors in the Unit Criteria for Promotion and Tenure for the Department of Geography

To be eligible for tenure upon 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. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.  
Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or CompetenciesWe seek a GeoAI researcher with a demonstrated ability to utilize GeoAI tools such as sensor networks, data mining, machine learning including deep learning, and high-performance computing, as well as strengths in big data visualization. In particular, we seek a researcher who can support the Environmental AI working group with transformative research that incorporates process-based models and deep learning models.

Competitive applicants will have demonstrated interdisciplinary collaborations that cut across academic units on campus. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus university goals, and the University is particularly interested in candidates with experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups. 
Physical Demands
Is this a Position of Trust?No
Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?No
Does this position require a P-Card?No
Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?No
Is driving a responsibility of this position?No
Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?No
Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)No
Credit and P-Card policyBe advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


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