Director of the Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility, Research Scientist

The University of Georgia
Athens, GA
Closing date
Jun 13, 2023

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Director of the Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility, Research Scientist
About the University of Georgia:
Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to 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 employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 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:
The BFF has been embedded in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) since its inception in the 1970's. It currently has an annual contract and grant portfolio in excess of $1.5M, including external and internal accounts, and a staff of 16 (including a future assistant director to be appointed). The laboratory occupies its own dedicated space in Davison Life Sciences together with the majority of the research laboratories of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology ( The Director is responsible for business development, project management, worker training, technology development, and overall administration of the facility. Optional opportunities exist to contribute to UGA student training and oversight over the UGA Masters in Biomanufacturing & Bioprocessing Program (

The University of Georgia is a research-intensive (R1) land-grant and sea-grant university located in Athens-Clarke County with strong research support facilities in mass spectrometry, NMR, crystallography, fermentation, microscopy, and bioinformatics. Athens lies in the northern Piedmont region of Georgia an hour-plus drive from Atlanta, less than 2 hours from the Chattahoochee National Forest and southern Appalachian Mountains, and within easy driving distance of the Atlantic coast. Athens is home to a thriving arts and music community and prides itself on its cultural diversity (

The Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences with its many other units, and the University of Georgia are committed to promoting a diverse and equitable climate for all students, faculty and staff, and to creating a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, people from historically excluded groups, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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Benefits Eligible
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Commensurate with Experience
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applications should include the following materials:1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) leadership interests and qualifications (up to 3 pages, upload as Other Documents #1), and 4) a brief statement of teaching experience and philosophy (optional). Applicant materials should reflect a commitment to mentoring and fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment in the BFF group. Candidates should also submit names and contact information for 3 references who can be asked to provide letters of recommendation. Applications received by April 29, 2023 are assured full consideration. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee at
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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (
Classification Title:
Researcher AC
Faculty Rank:
Open Rank
Contract Type:
Academic (9 mo.)
Tenure Status:
Non-Tenure Track
Minimum Qualifications:
A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Engineering or a related field.
Position Summary:
The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Associate Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist to serve as the Director of Bioexpression and Biofermentation Facility and in ancillary roles, beginning August 1, 2023.
The Director is responsible for business development, project management, worker training, technology development, and overall administration of the facility. Optional opportunities exist to contribute to UGA student training and oversight over the UGA Masters in Biomanufacturing & Bioprocessing Program (

The successful individual will be a member of the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. A salary commensurate with experience with highly competitive conditions of employment will be offered. This is a 9-month academic year appointment with an opportunity to supplement salary during the summer. There are outstanding opportunities for interactions with faculty across our Life Sciences departments in Franklin College, the Veterinary Medicine School, the College of Pharmacy, and the School of Engineering.
Additional Requirements:
A minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience is required at the time of appointment.

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Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:
The most competitive applicants will have a background in fermentation and protein expression, familiarity with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, supervising and management, monoclonal antibody production, and an appreciation of the value of a Core Facility that operates jointly in academic and industry environments.
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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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