University of Florida

Classification Title:

Postdoc Aso

Job Description:

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment of inclusive excellence that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Inclusive excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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The Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department and Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida (UF), seeks a post-doctoral associate in plant science to work on a state-funded multi-disciplinary project on evaluating and developing phosphorus best management practices (BMPs) and site-specific nutrient management. The project takes a systems approach and involves conducting experiments on high-value fresh market crops (tomato, potato, and bean) under different nutrient inputs, irrigation and drainage, and hydrologic conditions. Activities include collecting plant, soil, irrigation, topographic, hydrologic, weather, and economic data, including biotic stressors (pests and diseases), to determine the optimum nutrient inputs under different geophysical conditions. The post-doc will interact with a team of post-docs (agronomy, horticulture, engineering, soil science, biophysical modeling), graduate students, faculty and fresh produce industry to design protocols and conduct experiments at multiple sites to evaluate yield and fruit quality, plant health, nutrient uptake, and nutrient use efficiency and communicate results. Responsibilities include data collection from participating farms, supervision of project staff (field technicians, biological scientist, engineer, and/or students), data analyses, preparing reports, manuscripts and proposals, and presentations at conferences and stakeholder meetings. They will work with other UF faculty from agricultural and biological engineering, food and resource economics, pathology, horticultural sciences, and soil, water and ecosystem sciences, and nematology.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must have Ph.D. in Agronomy, Plant/Horticultural Science, Soil Science, or other relevant disciplines. 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. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants with research background in bioavailability, plant uptake, cycling, and management of phosphorus for vegetable crops are preferred. Experience in experimental design, statistics, crop modeling or machine learning is a plus.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to Careers at UF and submit:
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) .

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Health Assessment Required: No


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