Assistant Research Scientist ? Wetland Ecology @ UGA’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

Assistant Research Scientist – Wetland Ecology

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

The University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory invites applications for an academic-year (9-month, 0.75-EFT) position as an Assistant Research Scientist in Wetland Ecology.  The successful applicant will be located at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, S.C. and will report to the Director of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.  This position will be 0.75 EFT in research and will be expected to seek external funding to support their research program and for summer salary support.

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program focused on wetland ecology, with disciplinary focus in one or more areas including restoration, remediation, microbial ecology, or related topics.  The successful candidate will be expected to serve as an adjunct professor and member of the graduate faculty in an appropriate department or school at UGA and will be involved in graduate education via advising of graduate students and service on graduate student committees.  Professional service to groups such as state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, professional societies, and the public also is expected as is significant interaction with colleagues and students in other disciplines represented at SREL, UGA, and the broader academic community.

Qualifications:  Applicants must have a PhD in an appropriate field (Ecology, Plant Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Microbial Ecology, or a related field), with demonstrated potential for research excellence.  The candidate should have a strong background in plant and/or microbial ecology and a broad understanding of issues related to wetland restoration, remediation, and function.  The candidate should have the ability to interact with colleagues from a diversity of disciplines on the development of research proposals.  Preference will be given to candidates having a record of excellence in research and service commensurate with time since degree.  Applicants with expertise in the use of modern analytical methods for investigations of phytoremediation, wetland restoration, microbial ecology and/or microbial genetics in relation to environmental contaminants are especially encouraged to apply.

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory:  The successful candidate will be located at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, SC.  The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory ( is a research unit of the University of Georgia located on the 300 mi2 Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy facility near Aiken, SC. With a staff of over 150 faculty members, postdocs, research professionals, technicians, and graduate students, the laboratory pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems.  SREL also provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research training, and service to the community through environmental outreach.  Throughout its 67+ year history SREL has strived to acquire and communicate knowledge that contributes to sound ecological stewardship.

Application:  To ensure full consideration, candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, unofficial transcripts of all college-level work, copies of up to three recent relevant publications, and contact information for three references.  Review of complete applications will begin on January 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.  Individuals considered for potential interviews will be required to submit official college transcripts and three reference letters.  University policy requires all candidates to consent to a background investigation (  Finalists will be required to provide a signed consent form authorizing the University to conduct a background check.  The background investigation will be conducted on a post offer/pre-employment basis.  The starting date is negotiable but July 1, 2020 is preferred.  All applicants MUST apply online at, posting number F0550P.  No paper applications will be accepted.  For further questions, please contact Dr. Doug Aubrey, Chair, Wetland Ecology Search Committee,

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, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.