Job Announcement – Scientist in Residence

The University of Georgia Marine Institute (UGAMI) is seeking to hire an Assistant Research Scientist who conducts research in Georgia’s coastal ecosystems. This is a “Scientist-in-Residence” position for a scientist who will live at the Institute (housing is provided). This is a limited-term position for two years, with the potential to add an additional year with approval. The position is targeted towards an early career scientist who has at least 1 year of post-doctoral experience and is within 8 years of having received their terminal degree. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) habitat conservation, coastal restoration, ecosystems-based fisheries management, benthic ecology, and coastal water quality. In addition to research (70% time), the successful candidate will also be expected to help teach residential courses in their area of specialization and serve as an in-house resource for student research projects (20% time), and to deliver programming to schools and the local community (10% time).

Applicants must identify a faculty member to serve as a mentor for this position. Mentors do not have to be currently affiliated with UGAMI as long as their expertise is appropriate for the research being conducted, but they must be at UGA. A letter of invitation is required from the mentor that describes how the applicant’s proposed research fits into the sponsor’s area of expertise, the mentoring plan, and how they will support the proposed research (if funds or specialized equipment is needed beyond what is available to the applicant).

The annual salary for this position is $65,000, and the candidate will also receive up to $10,000 per year for professional travel (including to the main campus in Athens) and research supplies. The successful applicant is expected to be a full-time resident at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island for at least 75% of the year.

A complete description and application materials can be found at Applications received by March 18, 2022 are assured full consideration. The position has a target start date of August 2022. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Merryl Alber, Chair of the Search Committee (, with the subject line: “Scientist in Residence”.