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Research Professional-Peanut Entomology (Abney)

The University of Georgia
Athens, GA
Closing date
Apr 11, 2024

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Research Professional-Peanut Entomology (Abney)
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.
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Benefits Eligibility:
Benefits Eligible
Full/Part time:
Full Time
Additional Schedule Information:
Work schedule will be determined by supervisor
Advertised Salary:
Commensurate with education, experience and training
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Open until filled:
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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 (
Classification Title:
Research Professional AD
Minimum Qualifications:
Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.
Preferred Qualifications:
A graduate degree from an accredited University in an applied agricultural field (ex. entomology, plant pathology, agronomy or horticulture) and at least three years professional experience as a crop scout, consultant, technical service representative or research technician is preferred.
Position Summary:
This position provides technical support in the department of Entomology at the UGA-Tifton Campus. The individual is a key participant in the planning, design, and implementation of laboratory and field experiments designed to manage pest populations of insects in peanut production systems and post-harvest storage facilities throughout southern GA. Major responsibilities are working closely with the interdisciplinary peanut research team and supervising technical personnel and temporary workers in both field and laboratory components of the program.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Good written and verbal skills
  • Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Valid driver's license
  • Positive attitude
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Knowledge and ability to operate farm equipment
Physical Demands:

  • Will lift up to 40 pounds
  • Work outside under high heat and humidity
  • Will bend over to collect insects and seedling plants from the ground
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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:
Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):
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.
Coordinate UGA Peanut Entomology Efficacy Testing Program:
  • Develop field research protocols based on program goals and industry partner requests for data.
  • Work with UGA research station staff to ensure proper site selection, land preparation, and irrigation scheduling for each trial.
  • Plant, maintain, and harvest all trials.
  • Supervise data collection and data management.
  • Analyze data and prepare summary reports for industry partners.
  • Prepare reports for publication in Arthropod Management Tests.

Planning, Design and Implementation of Experiments:
  • Assist Program PI with planning, design, and implementation of laboratory and field experiments related to insect management in row crops with emphasis on peanut production systems.
  • Collect and manage data.
  • Analyze and interpret data as appropriate.

Maintain and Repair Field Equipment:
  • Perform routine, scheduled maintenance of all vehicles, tractors, and implements to ensure proper function and calibration.
  • Troubleshoot breakdowns and perform repairs as appropriate.
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Manage Peanut Entomology Program Staff:
  • Develop staffing plan to meet program workload requirements.
  • Recruit and assess new employees.
  • Train and supervise technical and student employees.
  • Coordinate staff duties to ensure achievement of program objectives.

Publications and Presentations:
  • Organize data for and assist with preparation of presentations for professional meetings.
  • Assist the Principal Investigator in preparation of publications.

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  • Other duties as assigned
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Contact Details:
For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.
Recruitment Contact Name:
Dr. Mark Abney
Recruitment Contact Email:

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