Research Professional - Horticulture (Ozias-Akins)

University of Georgia

United States

December 12, 2021


Posting Details Posting Number S07410P

Working Title Research Professional - Horticulture (Ozias-Akins) Department CAES-Horticulture About the 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 (https: // www. 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

In 2018, The UGA Tifton Campus began a yearlong Centennial celebration with various events to commemorate its 100th anniversary of providing updated research to the community. Research is done on a wide range of commodities, including cotton, peanuts, vegetables and turf grass, all of which make agriculture the No. 1 industry in Georgia. In 2004, a teaching program was initiated and it has been growing ever since. College-level instruction on campus is aimed at undergraduate and graduate-degree level study.

College/Unit/Department website https:// www. Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Full/Part time Full Time Work Schedule Additional Schedule Information

Schedule will be determined by supervisor and based upon research needs.

Advertised Salary Commensurate with education, experience, and training Posting Date 11/15/2021 Open until filled Yes Closing Date Proposed Starting Date 12/12/2021 Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is located in Tifton, GA, which is approximately 200 miles southwest of Athens, Georgia, 200 miles south of Atlanta, GA and approximately 70 miles north of the Florida line.

Location of Vacancy Tifton Area EEO Policy Statement

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 (

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Classification Title Research Paraprofessional/Professional

FLSA Non-Exempt Job Family Research And Lab FTE 1.00 Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications Position Summary

This position conducts research on genetic mapping, tissue culture, and marker-assisted selection in the molecular breeding of peanuts, particularly for resistance to aflatoxin contamination. Laboratory analyses will require culture of Aspergillus, inoculation of seeds or other plant parts with fungi, extraction of nucleic acids or aflatoxin, cultivation of plants and collection of samples from field and greenhouse. Tasks also include field data collection, laboratory data collection, troubleshooting of experiments, data entry, data analysis and others assigned by supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Knowledge, skill, and ability in laboratory protocols

Physical Demands

Stand, lift, bend, squat, etc. driving.

Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Is this a Position of Trust? Yes 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 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) Yes Credit and P-Card policy

Be 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.



Tissue and seed collection and sample preparation – preparation of solutions and media; initiation/maintenance of tissue cultures; regeneration of plants from tissue cultures.

Percentage of time 40 Duties/Responsibilities

Sample and data collection – will consist of sample collection in laboratory, greenhouse and field; molecular assays in the laboratory (nucleic acid extraction and PCR); measurement of plant characteristics in greenhouse and field – morphological, reproductive, disease responses; confocal and light microscopy.

Percentage of time 25 Duties/Responsibilities

Data analysis – entry of data into spreadsheets, data sorting, data processing-all computational; uses high level of organization and attention to detail.

Percentage of time 20 Duties/Responsibilities

Data reporting using spreadsheets, document or presentation formats.

Percentage of time 10 Duties/Responsibilities

Planting, harvest and plant maintenance – primarily consists of manual planting in the greenhouse or in small plots for replication tests in the field. Plant maintenance in the greenhouse involves some weekend/holiday greenhouse responsibilities.

Percentage of time 5

Contact Information

Contact Details

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below. For assistance with your application or login, please email

Recruitment Contact Name Dr. Peggy Ozias-Akins Recruitment Contact Email Recruitment Contact Phone

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References with Contact Information
  • Optional Documents

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