Graduate Research Assistant (MS) - Bag at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia

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Graduate Research Assistant (MS) - Bag


CAES-Plant Pathology

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 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 was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 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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Please attach GMAT/GRE testing verification/scores in documents and 3 reference letters in PDF.

Interested applicants may contact Dr. Sudeep Bag ( with any questions regarding this position.

Location of Vacancy:

Tifton Area

EOO 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 (

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.


The job includes but not limited to work in laboratory, greenhouse and field to study the molecular epidemiology of insect-transmitted viruses in GA. Develop research design, diagnostic tools, data analysis, interpretation, project management, results summarization, and formal presentations in meetings and symposiums.

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Continue graduate student course credits.

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Writing reports, and presenting data in symposiums.

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Classification Title:

Graduate Research Assistant





Position Summary:

Masters graduate position is available starting Summer 2021 in the plant virology Laboratory, Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The University of Georgia-Tifton. The position is based in Coastal Plain Experiment Station at Tifton GA. The successful applicant will contribute to a project involving insect-transmitted virus, characterization, and epidemiology crops grown in the region including vegetable, peanut and cotton. Studying the various component of the pathosystem with emphasis on virus-vector and virus-host interaction in cotton crops important to Georgia. Application of genomics approach for host resistance against the viruses in cotton crops. Disseminate the research outcomes through conferences, symposia, and peer-reviewed research articles.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position:

Recent undergraduate with major on molecular biology/plant science/ plant biology/ biochemistry/ biotechnology with GPA 3.5 and above is preferred. Experience in Plant virology labs and exposure to the field, greenhouse and molecular labs would be an added advantage. Higher GRE and a good TOEFL score are needed as per UGA guidelines.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies :

Prior experience and exposure to molecular techniques, field analysis is preferred.

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Light lifting, sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time.

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