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Assistant Professor – Aquatic Plant Management Specialist with University of Florida – IFAS in Gainesville, FL

Type of position Full-time faculty, tenure-accruing
Employer University of Florida – IFAS
Location Gainesville, FL
Salary Commensurate with Education and Experience
Closing date of competition April 15, 2018
Date position available Immediate
Description of duties This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position, appointed as 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 40% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Agronomy Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida.  The assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  The position will be located at the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) in Gainesville, FL with access to extensive laboratory and field facilities. Tenure will accrue in the Agronomy Department.

The research component of this position (60%) will focus on relevant independent research on invasive plant management in aquatic habitats and cooperative research with other faculty working on invasive plant management.  Research will be, predominantly, of an applied nature aimed at solving practical invasive plant problems faced by aquatic resource managers.  The focus will be on developing management options – including herbicide recommendations and application techniques – that can be integrated into invasive plant management programs.  In addition to applied research, more fundamental studies on the biology, physiology, or ecology of invasive plants should be pursued.  The incumbent is expected to obtain extramural funding, direct graduate student research, and publish research findings in the scientific literature.

The extension component of this position (40%) includes development of methods for the integrated management of invasive plants in aquatic habitats. The incumbent will also be responsible for disseminating this information through various formats and venues while also training county extension faculty, state and federal agency personnel, commercial herbicide applicators, and individuals in the private sector who have an interest in the control of aquatic invasive plants. The incumbent must liaise with federal, state, county and municipal land management programs such as the Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida’s five Water Management Districts, and Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAS).  Of particular importance will be the recognition of agency needs for information and training and providing assistance as necessary.  The training component will include assisting with short courses, workshops, and writing EDIS publications (extension bulletins), newsletters, and information sheets as necessary. The incumbent has the opportunity to cooperate with educational programs developed by the CAIP Information Office (http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu) and with established programs in other departments.  This position requires close coordination of research and extension programs with faculty in several other disciplines including Fisheries, Forestry, Entomology and Horticulture as well as with research/extension staff at Research and Education Centers throughout the state.

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.

OTHER INFORMATIONThe Agronomy Department (http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu) of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) has faculty working in all aspects of the discipline including invasive plant management, plant biology, physiology and ecology. The Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) maintains close relationships with all faculty working on invasive plants including those in Entomology and Nematology (biological control), Horticultural Sciences, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and Forestry which provide extensive opportunities for multi-disciplinary projects.

Florida state agencies, water management districts, counties and other public entities spend over $50 million annually for control of invasive plants in Florida and rely heavily on IFAS faculty and staff for development of control methods and educational opportunities.

Qualifications sought Doctor of Philosophy degree (foreign equivalent acceptable) with emphasis in weed science, natural resource management, or closely related plant science discipline with knowledge of aquatic invasive plant management.  Candidates must possess the ability to communicate, organize, and motivate people and promote learning as well as being able to establish good relationships among diverse groups.
Contact for additional information Jason Ferrell
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
Professor and Director, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
University of Florida – IFAS
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653
Telephone: 352.273.3185
Facsimile: 352.392.3462
E-Mail: jferrell@ufl.edu
Application procedure
Submit what How to Apply:
Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/506340 and submit:
Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above.
Curriculum vitae
Transcripts (official or unofficial) showing receipt of the doctoral degree
Three letters of recommendation should be sent to the chair of search committee: (email is preferred)Final 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), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .
Submit to Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/506340
Additional Information The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
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