Assistant/Associate Professor

University of Florida in Florida

Deadline Open until Filled
Date Posted January 17, 2014

Job Description: This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position with a 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) appointment, available at the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma, Florida. The assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Tenure will accrue in the Horticultural Sciences Department. The appointee is expected to conduct and publish research results on strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, and other important vegetable or small fruit crops of west central Florida. Research should be focused in areas such as developing or improving production management systems, conservation of water resources, and crop protection practices and their effects on fruit quality and yield. The appointee is also expected to work as part of the GCREC small fruit and vegetable research and extension team, which includes plant breeders, plant pathologists, entomologists, soil scientists, agricultural economist and a weed scientist. Extension duties include education of extension agents, commercial growers, and other industry workers through participation in formal extension programs, personal contacts, newsletter articles, fact sheets, and bulletins. The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program. The faculty member will engage in extension activities in support of research program areas. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas Teaching and Extensionof the assignment split specified in the position description. The Gulf Coast Research & Education Center, a unit in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida, is located about 20 miles southeast of the greater Tampa metropolitan area. The center serves one of the most important strawberry and vegetable production regions in the U.S. GCREC facilities include a new $16 million complex of offices, labs, walk-in growth rooms, and state-of-the-art greenhouses. Adjacent-to this complex is a large block of land (several hundred acres) that is available for field trials. GCREC's main building has a 500-seat auditorium and work space for 40 facu1ty and their support staff and graduate students.
Minimum Requirements: A Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Horticulture or closely related field is required. 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.
Preferred Qualifications Expertise in small fruit and vegetable production practices, field plot design, and statistical analysis is highly desirable.
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