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Athens, Georgia, United States (on-site)
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Retirement Plan:

Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Advertised Salary Salary commensurate with qualifications and experiences. Anticipated Start Date 03/01/2023 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job

Posting Date:

10/27/2022 Job

Closing Date:

Open until filled:

Yes Special Instructions to Applicants
Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Jonathan Oliver, Chair of the Search Committee (<>). Applications received by February 22, 2023 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Materials to be uploaded include i) cover letter, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) graduate-level academic transcripts, iv) statement addressing the candidate's knowledge and experience in plant disease diagnosis (uploaded under Other Documents #1), and v) names and contact information of four professional references. Selected applicants will be required to submit a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

Location of Vacancy:

Tifton 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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title Public Service Professional AC FLSA Faculty Rank Public Service Assistant Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in Plant Pathology, Plant Protection and Pest Management, Plant Medicine, or related discipline.
Position Summary
The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia ( UGA ) seeks to hire a Plant Disease Diagnostician to operate the Plant Disease Clinic at the UGA Tifton Campus. This is a fiscal- year (12-month), 95% Extension/5% service position at the rank of Public Service Assistant (non-tenure track faculty position).

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES : 1) Directly, or through supervised technical support (student workers or interns), identify plant diseases and their causal agents in plant and digital image samples submitted to the Tifton Plant Disease Clinic in a timely manner. Enter sample information into the sample management system and relay results of analysis and recommendations to state Extension specialists, county Extension agents, and other clients as appropriate. 2) Maintain and update clinic records, respond to inquiries, and provide data for annual reports. Communicate with clients and county Extension offices as needed regarding sample status and disposition. 3) Monitor Tifton Disease Clinic inventory and budget, oversee maintenance of lab equipment, order necessary lab supplies in cooperation with other UGA diagnostic plant pathology laboratories, and prepare media and other materials needed for conducting diagnosis. 4) Participate in agent trainings and teaching as it relates to sample preparation and disease diagnosis. Contribute to first reports (disease notes), Plant Health Briefs/Diagnostic Guides, and/or Extension publications related to disease diagnosis.
Additional Requirements Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
Knowledge and expertise in disease diagnosis (including morphology, microscopy, serology, and culturing) as documented by graduate-level coursework, prior work history, and/or publications.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
Background with molecular plant disease assays preferred.
Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes 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) 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.


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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Other Documents #1
  5. List of References with Contact Information
Optional Documents

Job Information

  • Job ID: 68631689
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Athens, Georgia, United States
  • Company Name For Job: University of Georgia
  • Position Title: Plant Disease Diagnostician (Public Service Assistant)
  • Job Function: Education
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