The Plant Epidemiology Group at the Plant Pathology Department of the University of Florida in Gainesville is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on the implementation of a new audit-based certification system for the greenhouse ornamental industry in collaboration with the extension specialist, the Southern Plant Disease Diagnostic Network and the Department of Plant Industries. The candidate will carry out research on the occurrence of new and emerging diseases (and pests) in greenhouse crops, will evaluate current inspection methodology and implement a prototype of a new audit-based inspection system for Florida. Use of molecular tools for disease detection and identification and development of risk models are included. Frequent travel to Central Florida will be required. Regular reporting to APHIS is required. The incumbent is expected to conduct applied research and publish in international refereed journals. This position will initially be until August 2013, but potentially longer depending on additional funding and the performance of the postdoctoral associate. Implementation of the Affirmative Action program of the University of Florida is required.
This position is housed at the Plant Pathology Department in Gainesville, Florida. The Plant Pathology Department is a well-established and renowned research and educational institution with 13 faculty members located on the Gainesville campus and 24 faculty located across the state at research and education centers. Currently the department has 31 graduate students. The University of Florida is a Land-Grant institution with an enrollment in excess of 48,000 students on the Gainesville campus.
A PhD in plant pathology or DPM degree and experience with ornamental crops will be required.Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication in English and the ability to establish and maintain good interpersonal relationships. A Florida drivers’ license will be required. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS’ core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.
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