This is a 12-month non-tenure-accruing position that will be 100% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) focused on the genetic improvement of citrus, available in the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include the identification and cloning of genes that have potential to improve the disease and pest resistance of citrus. This is followed by transformation using the best available technology to transfer these genes into appropriate rootstock and scion cultivars. Duties will also include research to improve the efficiency of citrus transformation, extension of the technology to commercially important cultivars, and development of transformation technologies that are all plant-based, as necessary to improve the consumer acceptance of resulting GMO cultivars. Duties will also include propagation, characterization and evaluation of resulting transgenic citrus, in cooperation with appropriate CREC faculty and staff. Duties may also include other biotechnology facilitated citrus breeding activities. The appointee will be expected to collect and organize data, write quality scientific papers published in relevant journals, and present results orally at conferences or other meetings; communicate and collaborate with other scientists, laboratory personnel, and potentially with plant regulatory agencies and growers; and write grant proposals to attract extramural funds either independently or as a collaborative partner with other scientists. The individual will be expected to maintain a good working relationship with other researchers at the Citrus Research and Education Center and the University of Florida, Gainesville, and will be expected to supervise students and technical help as needed.
An earned doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in plant breeding and genetics or a closely related discipline is required. 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.