Assistant Professor

University of Florida in Florida

Deadline Open until Filled
Date Posted April 4, 2014

Job Description: This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include development of a productive, interdisciplinary, extramurally funded research program with emphasis on landscape structure and function over a range of spatial and temporal scales in South Florida. This may include application of climate change, including sea-level rise, to ecological landscape analysis; biogeochemical processes and wildlife habitat modeling involving carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions; evaluation of species and community responses to changes in landscape structure and function or invasive species; and integration of multidisciplinary science into restoration of damaged landscapes or response to sea-level rise. Extension responsibilities will include developing education programs on the interaction of Everglades restoration with natural and man-made ecosystems and on climate change mitigation. The incumbent will provide leadership, training, and assistance to county faculty. Interaction with local, state and federal agencies will be important to this position. The faculty member will be expected to publish in refereed journals, produce extension publications, and obtain significant extramural funding for research and extension programs. The successful candidate will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars. The position will be located at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IF AS), University of Florida. Davie, Florida. Tenure will accrue in the most suitable department, based on the successful applicant's credentials, such as the Soil and Water Science Department or Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Departments, or the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. 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. The Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is a unit in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida and has diverse teaching, research and extension education programs with 12 faculty ( Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at the Center. The Center is a member of, and located in, the South Florida Education Center, a group of educational institutions consisting of county public schools, a public community college, public universities, and a private university. Other agencies represented at the Center are the USDA-ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory, US Geological Survey, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and US Fish and Wildlife Service. The Center is located in central Broward County, providing rich and diverse cultural opportunities, while also being minutes from the Everglades Ecosystem and the Atlantic Ocean. Broward County is a member of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact.
Minimum Requirements: A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in environmental science, ecology, coastal sciences, landscape ecology, soil and water sciences, wildlife ecology or a closely related discipline 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 Postdoctoral experience is desirable.
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