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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Weed Management in Ornamental Crops) with University of Florida – Mid Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, FL

Type of position Limited term (18+ months) postdoctoral research position.
Employer University of Florida – Mid Florida Research and Education Center
Location Apopka, FL
Description of Location MREC is located in the Orlando metropolitan area, northwest Orange county and 15 miles from a diverse, multi-cultural downtown and right next to Lake Apopka, one of Florida’s largest and encompassing the world famous North Shore wildlife refuge. Housing is affordable and widely available. Benefits include health and dental, and 130.5 hours of annual leave.
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date of competition April 1, 2020
Date position available Immediately
Description of duties

We are seeking applications to fill a postdoctoral research associate position with UF/IFAS located off campus at the Mid Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) near Orlando, Florida. This is an exciting opportunity to pursue applied and basic research relating to weed biology and management in ornamental crops. This position will be an initial 18 month appointment with a possible extension, working with MREC faculty coordinating and conducting research on:

  • Growth, reproduction, and germination requirements for common and emerging weed species important in Florida container nurseries
  • Development of alternative and non-chemical methods of weed control by altering production practices and cultural management strategies.
  • Assessment of herbicide efficacy, leaching, and fate in container nurseries
  • Growth response of weeds to differing soilless substrate compositions, fertilization, and irrigation management practices
  • Screening preemergence herbicides and ornamentals for safety and efficacy to develop more effective preemergence herbicide rotations for nursery growers
  • Determining ornamental crop response to weed management strategies and their growth and resource utilization when grown in competition with weed species

Specific operational tasks for the position will involve but are not limited to:

  • Plan, design, manage, and conduct controlled environment experiments to investigate weed physiology and horticultural production practices.
  • Collect, manage, analyze and interpret data from the experiments, and produce publications and reports synthesizing research results in the context of relevant literature.
  • Coordinate undergraduate students and interns assisting in research projects
Qualifications sought

A Ph.D. degree in weed science, horticulture, plant biology, crop science, agronomy, forestry, or a related discipline of plant science with a focus on horticultural/plant production is required. A strong record of course work and independent research in subjects such as weed science, container production, pest management, controlled environments, and crop and soil management is desirable. Abilities and skills in statistical analyses, data management and visualization, and scientific writing is desirable.

Contact for additional information Dr. Chris Marble (marblesc@ufl.edu)
Application procedure  
Submit what To apply for this position, please submit your application at http://apply.interfolio.com/73272 . Applicants must submit: 1) a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and describing your relevant skill set; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) three letters of recommendation. Questions regarding the position should be emailed to Dr. Chris Marble (marblesc@ufl.edu).

Selected 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).

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.

Submit to Apply via https://apply.interfolio.com/73272.
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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