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Assistant Research Scientist – Aquatic Weed Management with University of Florida – Agronomy Department/Center for Aquatic & Invasive Plants in Gainesville, FL

Type of position This is a 12-month non-tenure accruing position, appointed as 100% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Agronomy Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. 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.
Employer University of Florida – Agronomy Department/Center for Aquatic & Invasive Plants
Description of Employer The 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.
Location Gainesville, FL
Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Closing date of competition February 15, 2019
Date position available January 10, 2019
Description of duties

Position will be working to develop new technology that can be implemented to improve management of invasive plants in aquatic environments.  The incument will work closely with our partner state and federal agencies, but primarily with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  The responsibility wll be to conduct foundational research on floating and submersed vegetation to help maintain navigation and other USACE missions.  Though this work will be focused on conditions in Florida, the incumbent will be expcted to work in a manner that develops national relevance.

This position will be primarily focused on mesocosm, greenhouse, and field research directed towards herbicide efficacy, application technology, and other applied aspects of aquatic plant management.  The incumbent will be expected to obtain extramural funding and report findings in the peer reviewed literature.  This individual will work closely with scientist affiliated with the UF-IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants as well as other researchers and practitioners throughtout the nation.

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.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidate must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant syste.  Candidate must also have a commmittment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvment, and accountability.

Application procedure  
Submit what 1. Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/59097 and submit:
2. Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
3.Curriculum vitae
4. Transcripts (unofficial) – Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.
? Three letters of recommendation should be sent to: (email is preferred)
Submit to Dr. Stephen Enloe, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, Requisition # 42399
University of Florida, Center for Aquatic & Invasive Plants
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653
sfenloe@ufl.edu
Additional Information The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities
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