Assistant Professor

University of Florida in Florida

Deadline Open until Filled
Date Posted February 14, 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, at the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) near Tampa and Plant City. The assignment may change in accordance with needs of IFAS and the unit. Tenure will accrue in the University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology. The appointee will develop an independent and nationally/internationally recognized strawberry and small fruit crop entomology program with an emphasis on integrated management of arthropod pests of strawberry. The appointee will develop a strong extramurally funded research program that leads to publishing research in peer reviewed journals and the supervising/mentoring of graduate students. The position is part of an interdisciplinary statewide team of research and extension personnel whose goal is to enhance and sustain the strawberry and small fruit crop industries in Florida. Leadership in planning and implementing statewide extension programs is expected. Extension duties include training extension agents and outreach to commercial berry growers and other industry clientele through the appointee's participation in formal extension programs (in-service training, field days, demonstrations, etc.); the publication of extension articles in IFAS' Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS), newsletters, and other clientele oriented periodicals; and through direct outreach to clientele. The successful candidate will participate actively 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 Teaching and Extensionof the assignment split specified in the position description. The Gulf Coast Research and Education Center ( ) incorporates 20 faculty performing research, extension and teaching duties at Balm (mailing address Wimauma) and Plant City (teaching program). The Balm location is a state-of-the-art research and education center and includes laboratories, 15 greenhouses, approximately five hundred acres of field operations, and modern housing for up to 16 resident graduate students.
Minimum Requirements: A Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in entomology or closely related discipline with a specialization in plant protection is required. Candidates should possess demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, working cooperatively with others, and acquiring extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system and be committed to IFAS' core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.
Preferred Qualifications Experience with extension duties and pest management in strawberry and small fruit crops, including blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, is desirable.
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