Assistant Research Scientist— Metals Biogeochemistry

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution 

Assistant Research Scientist – Metals Biogeochemistry 

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory 

The University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology invites applications for an academic-year (9-month, 0.75-EFT) position as an Assistant Research Scientist in Biogeochemistry of Metals. 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 the biogeochemistry of heavy metals in the environment. The successful candidate will be expected to serve as an adjunct professor and member of the graduate faculty in an applicable 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 (Chemistry, Environmental Science, Soil Science, or related field), with demonstrated potential for research. The candidate should have a strong background in biogeochemistry of metals and a broad understanding of issues related to the fate and transport of metals in the environment. The candidate should have the ability to interact with colleagues from a diversity of disciplines on the development of research proposals related to the quantification, identification and bioaccumulation of heavy metals. Preference will be given to candidates having a record of excellence in research and service commensurate with time since degree. Applicants with expertise in quantification and bioaccumulation of mercury and trace metals via ICP-MS, Methyl/Total/Isotopic Mercury Analyses, and other analytical methods 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 140 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 65+ 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 May 15, 2018 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 no later than August 9, 2018. All applicants MUST apply online at, posting number 2018_00648F. No paper applications will be accepted. For further questions, please contact Dr. Olin E. Rhodes, Jr., Chair, Biogeochemistry of Metals Search Committee, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Drawer E, Aiken, SC 29802. 

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.