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Cropping Systems Specialist, Assistant Professor with University of Florida, IFAS, West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay, Florida

Type of position This is a 12-month tenure-accruing Assistant Professor position that will be 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 40% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available at the West Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Employer University of Florida, IFAS, West Florida Research and Education Center
Description of Employer The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant and Sea-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant program (http://www.flseagrant.org/ ), and encompasses 17 on-campus academic departments and schools, 13 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus.

IFAS employs over 3400 people, which includes approximately 950 faculty and 2450 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Location Jay, Florida
Description of Location This position is part of the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center located near Pensacola, Florida (http://wfrec.ifas.ufl.edu). The faculty member will be located at the Jay Research Facility. This 640 acre research unit is located about 12 miles north of Milton near Jay, FL. Research is conducted in cropping systems, weed science, golf and sports turf management, landscape and nursery management, forestry, and wildlife ecology.

In addition to the Jay Research Facility, the center has an off-campus undergraduate academic program that is a collaborative effort between the University of Florida, Pensacola State College (PSC) and the University of West Florida. This unique academic program, located at the PSC campus in Milton (approximately 20 miles northeast of Pensacola, FL), allows students to pursue a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Conservation or Plant Sciences.

WFREC faculty and staff are dedicated to interdisciplinary research, extension and teaching programs that meet the needs of local clientele with statewide, nationwide as well as global impacts. The location of WFREC allows families to enjoy the advantages of rural living while being within minutes of Pensacola, one of Florida’s major cities, Gulf of Mexico beaches; and extensive public forest lands.

Salary Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.
Closing date of competition To ensure full consideration please apply online and submit additional materials by May 1, 2014. Position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is identified.
Date position available July 1, 2014
Description of duties JOB DESCRIPTION:
Economic pressures on Florida agriculture are requiring new approaches to maintain economically viable agricultural production systems. This position will utilize a systems approach to enhance and evaluate the sustainability, profitability, and delivery of ecosystem services of traditional agriculture (row crops) and emerging cropping systems.

Research and extension duties will focus on innovative approaches in areas such as: traditional row crops (peanut, cotton, corn, soybean); specialty and alternative crops for newly initiated and value added markets; bioenergy crops; precision agriculture; conservation tillage; efficient nutrient and water management in crop based systems; crop rotations; environmental issues; crop protection; and carbon sequestration.

The faculty member will utilize state-of-the-art techniques for soil, plant, and atmospheric analysis to generate information that will fill the gap in knowledge in cropping systems and disseminate this information through extension to end-users.

This person will work closely with existing IFAS agronomic teams and develop a strong, multi-state regional partnership with Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.

Qualifications sought An earned doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in agronomy or a closely related discipline is required. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. 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. Candidates must be able to work on interdisciplinary team projects and to work with diverse audiences.
Application procedure Individuals wishing to apply should go online to hhttp://ttp://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/49720 and submit:

  • Application
  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Curriculum vitae

Official transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree and three letters of recommendation should be sent to:

J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D.
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
4253 Experiment Drive, Hwy. 182
Jay, FL 32565

Telephone: 850-982-7951
Facsimile: 850-995-3723
Electronic Mail: jbu@ufl.edu

Additional Information Final candidate will be required to provide 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/ .

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. Search committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and many other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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