Assistant Porfessor in Molecular Muscle Biology

Position ID: 42870
University of Georgia
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Animal & Dairy Science (CAES)
Branch Campus: 
Athens, Georgia
Position Description
New Position?: 
Job Class: 
Assistant Professor
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Posting Details
Posting Number F0344P
Working Title Assistant Professor - Molecular Muscle Biology
Department CAES Animal & Dairy Science
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 ( 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. 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 7,600 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 UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The UGA Athens Campus, one of the premier agricultural research centers in the region, lies in the heart of one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas, just 65 miles northeast of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Posting Type External
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Employment Type Employee
Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible
Underutilization Minorities & Females
Anticipated Start Date 08/01/2019
Job Posting Date 04/10/2019
Open until filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Position Available: August 1, 2019. Applications received by May 11, 2019 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Todd Callaway, Chair of the Search Committee ( Materials to be uploaded include cover letter along with statement of research and teaching interests (not to exceed 3 pages), addressing the candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the position, copy of transcripts and curriculum vitae. Selected applicants will be required to submit a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia and official transcripts.

Location of Vacancy Athens Area
EEO 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.

Position Details
Position Information
Classification Title Assistant Professor
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Contract Type Academic (9 mo.)
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.

Position Summary

This appointment will be a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position in the Animal and Dairy Science Department, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Athens Campus. It is a new 70% research / 30% teaching position. The role is expected to develop and provide leadership for an extramurally funded, relevant nationally/internationally recognized molecular muscle biology program emphasizing, but not limited to, the areas of molecular biology, genome editing, adipogenesis, regulation of muscle development, and muscular dystrophies. This position will also strengthen the relationship between Regenerative Bioscience Center faculty and those faculty in the Animal and Dairy Science Department who are working in the areas of muscle biology, meat quality, and the intestinal microbiome.

Teaching activities will include the development of two courses, one of which will be in the area of food animal growth and development, and the second in the area of genome editing, and topics of relevance as needed by the Department.

Additional Requirements

Candidates should hold a PhD in Genetics, Animal Science or a closely related discipline.

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Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Postdoctoral experience of one year is desired, but not required.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

A thorough understanding of the U.S. food animal industry. The successful final candidate must demonstrate that she/he can conduct a relevant independent research program, as well as collaborate with meat science faculty, and faculty in the Regenerative Bioscience Center. The successful candidate is also expected to recruit/advise graduate students, publish results in peer-reviewed publications and other appropriate forums, and provide service both within the University and outside to professional societies. The ability to publish in scientific journals and the ability to secure extramural funding are expected. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the potential for the attainment of research and teaching excellence, and they must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidates able and willing to work collaboratively with research, teaching, and extension personnel inside and outside the Animal and Dairy Science Department, including, including the Regenerative Bioscience Center, and University are preferred.

Does this position have financial responsibilities? 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
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.


This position will investigate the gene regulatory network during muscle development and develop novel stem cell based gene therapy for neuromuscular diseases. The interdisciplinary portion will have this position working with our meat scientists investigating skeletal muscle apoptosis, which is one of the key processes accounting for the decrease of meat quality. High throughput approaches, such as RNA sequencing (RNA-seq), Methylation sequencing (Methyl-seq) and Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Sequencing (ChIP-Seq) can be applied to identify factors essential for postmortem cell apoptosis in meat samples or moue models which can serve as targets to be modified to slow down the postmortem cell apoptosis to improve meat quality and extend the maximal storage time. In addition, it will work with mouse models of stress by investigate transcriptome and epigenetic changes in skeletal muscles from stressed mice to identify genes and epigenetic modifications responsible for stress-induced changes in meat quality. This position will develop two courses at the 4000/6000 level focusing on molecular muscle biology and genome editing in large and small animals. This role will also be submitting grants to both NIH and USDA-NIFA, the two primary sources of external competitive funding for this position.

Percentage Of Time 100
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Molecular Biology
Genetics, General
Animal Sciences, General
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