Assistant Scientist
University of Florida - Palm Beach, FL

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This will be a 12-month, non-tenure track position with 80% research / 20% Extension responsibility at the University of Florida / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ( IFAS ) Everglades Research and Education Center ( EREC ) in Belle Glade, Florida. The incumbent will be responsible for the CP-cultivar development program on sand and will collaborate with scientists at the Sugarcane Field Station and Florida Sugar Cane League. The incumbent will hold a non-tenure track faculty appointment in the Department of Agronomy.

The Agronomist’s primary research responsibility will be to participate in the sugarcane cultivar development program in cooperation with USDA - ARS and the Florida Sugarcane League. This will entail being the lead scientist in the sand land CP-cultivar Development Program which presently includes 10,000 seedlings, Stage I and Stage II trials on sand. The Agronomist will interact closely with these research partners while participating in research leading to identification, selection and proper management of sugarcane cultivars suitable for marginal soils, including sandy soils and shallow muck soils. The agronomist will conduct research into factors influencing sugarcane yield and interaction with soil properties and sugarcane physiological characteristics. These topics may include evaluation of crop management practices to improve sugarcane performance, including tillage effects on soil organic matter dynamics, nutrient cycling, and use of soil amendments to increase soil organic matter levels. Genotype and environmental interactions and crop management practices will be evaluated for their influence on sugarcane growth, physiological traits, and yield. The research program will primarily include field and greenhouse trials for experimental design, sample collection, laboratory analyses, and data analysis and interpretation. Publications of research results in refereed journals and mentoring of graduate students are expected. The faculty member will actively participate in graduate student committees, supervise thesis and dissertation research, and publish the results.

The incumbent will serve as part of an extension team of IFAS and USDA - ARS scientists, will attend meetings of the Sugarcane Variety Committee, and collaborate with IFAS extension specialists and county faculty in a proactive program that delivers the latest information on sugarcane agronomy and related topics to sugarcane producers. Modes of delivery include traditional hard-copy extension publications, as well as computer and web-based electronic publication formats, grower meetings, and field days.

Minimum Requirements:
Applicant must possess or have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in agronomy, soil science, or a related discipline. The applicant should possess demonstrated technical excellence and abilities to communicate effectively with diverse clients, conduct research and extension cooperatively with diverse teams of collaborators, and procure extramural funds. 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.

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