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Posted date: February 20, 2017
The postdoc for this position will be working at the Plant Breeding group at the EREC (http://erec.ifas.ufl.edu/) of the University of Florida. She/he will work on the breeding and genetics of lettuce against Bacterial Leaf Spot (BLS), a disease that has caused millions of dollar losses to the growers of the Everglades Agricultural Area. The successful candidate will use plant breeding, genetics and molecular biology approaches to accomplish the goals of the current project.
Salary is commensurate with experience. The University of Florida offers health, dental and vision insurances.
PhD degree in Plant Breeding, Genetics, Horticulture or any related field
The candidate must be willing to change work settings frequently between field and laboratory. She/he might be working in greenhouse at high temperatures. The postdoc must be willing to travel when necessary to assess experiments in growers’ fields. She/he could also travel to run experiments in other states with collaborators
Experience with plant breeding, disease screening, PCR methods, QTL analysis using Genotyping by Sequencing are important for this position. Fine mapping, primer design, advanced statistics for breeders are preferred but not obligatory.
Please send your application package in a single PDF file that should contain your letter of application explaining why you would be a fit for the position, your current CV and the names and contact information for three or more references. Copies of transcripts are not necessary but preferred. The position is open immediately until a suitable candidate is identified. For further information, please contact Dr. German Sandoya at [email protected].
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Position # 0001-4064
Requisition # 497516
Fruit and Alternative Crops Extension Agent II, III, or IV (Multi-county)
University of Florida/IFAS Extension at St. Lucie County
Fort Pierce, Florida (South Extension District)
Application deadline: June 17, 2016
There are approximately 68,500 acres of citrus in Florida’s Indian River production area (Indian
River, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Martin counties), 230 acres of peaches, and 2,500 acres of
vegetables. The successful fruit and alternative crops multi-county extension agent will
develop, implement, evaluate, promote, and report on comprehensive educational programs to
help Indian River and St. Lucie County producers and landowners more effectively interpret and
use findings of current science and technology. This agent will be expected to teach the most
effective strategies to deal with Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Best Management
Practices (BMPs) to protect water quality, water management (e.g., management, marketing,
risk management) and other related topics. The agent will also help producers and landowners
explore the viability of alternative agricultural crops and enterprises. All county faculty are
expected to explore opportunities to supplement state and county fiscal support for Extension
- Position # 00015049
- Requisition # 498574
Location: Indian River Research and Education Center University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Ft. Pierce, Florida 34951
Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Review Date: To ensure full consideration, please apply online and submit additional materials by October 3, 2016. Position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.
Duties and Responsibilities
This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position with 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% teaching (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) responsibilities located at the Indian River Research and Education Center, Fort Pierce, FL. The appointee will accrue tenure in the Department of Horticultural Sciences (HOS), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida. The appointee will develop an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program with emphasis on: 1) plant root physiology and biology to improve root health and crop productivity; 2) development of environmentally sound and effective crop management methods that focus on the subterranean biotic and abiotic issues affecting root health, crop growth, and yields in Florida horticultural production, with emphasis on citrus. Opportunities exist to participate in interdisciplinary research teams that include specialists in horticultural production, plant pathology, entomology, soil and water science, and agricultural and biological engineering. The appointee will also develop a scholarly teaching program that develops and teaches innovative courses that contribute to the academic needs of the Department of Horticultural Sciences and have measurable impacts on student learning. Course instruction will use modern online delivery techniques that meet the UF Markers of Excellence for Teaching Online and Blended Courses. The successful candidate will participate in graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, and publishing research results with students. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching, and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.
This position requires a Ph. D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Horticulture, Plant Science, or a The University of Florida is an Equal Employment Opportunity Institution closely related field. The candidate is expected to be well versed and have published in the field of plant root physiology and biology. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.
Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Expertise in the rhizosphere microcosm, crop production, and agronomy is highly desirable.
Background Information: The Indian River Research and Education Center is a unit of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida, and is located on a 700-acre site west of Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County. Fort Pierce is located on the east coast of Florida, 50 miles north of West Palm Beach. The internationally recognized research center is located in a major agricultural region in which nurseries, citrus, beef cattle, and vegetables are major industries. The IRREC is an interdisciplinary unit of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the Florida Extension Service, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, all of which are administered by IFAS to serve the land-grant mission. The Horticultural Sciences Department (http://hos.ufl.edu) at the University of Florida has diverse research, teaching, and extension programs located at the Gainesville campus and across the state at Research and Education Centers. The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant and Sea-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 48,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), and encompasses 15 academic departments and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, 9 interdisciplinary centers, 13 research and educational centers throughout the state, and Cooperative Extension units in each of Florida’s 67 counties and the Seminole Tribe. The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. IFAS employs over 3400 people, which includes approximately 950 faculty and 2,450 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.
This position is available November 18, 2016, and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. Compensation is commensurate with the education, The University of Florida is an Equal Employment Opportunity Institution experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.
Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. To ensure full consideration, please apply online and submit additional materials by October 3, 2016. Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://jobs.ufl.edu (search for requisition #498574) and submit:
- Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
- Curriculum vitae
- Unofficial transcript showing receipt of the doctoral degree
- Three letters of recommendation should be sent to Dr. Mark Ritenour (see below)
Please refer to Requisition #498574
- Dr. Mark Ritenour
- Chair, Search and Screen Committee
- University of Florida
- IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center
- 2199 South Rock Road
- Ft. Pierce, FL 34945-3138
- Phone: 772-577-7359 Fax: 772-468-5668 [email protected]