Research Assistant Professor
University of Florida - Palm Beach, FL

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This is a 12-month, full-time, non-tenure-accruing position at the Everglades Research and Education Center (, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida that will be 70% research, 20% extension, and 10% teaching. The incumbent will also serve as Director of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program ( DDCSP ) at the University of Florida. The position is expected to continue through September 1, 2017 and may be extended contingent upon additional funding.

Duties will include:

(1) Develop an internationally recognized research program focusing on human-dimensions of wildlife ecology, wildlife-human interactions in agriculture, and the ecology of wetlands and wading birds. Incumbent will be expected to interact with growers and landowners on wildlife related issues and participate in the Everglades science community.
(2) Serve as Director of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Partnership, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. In this capacity, the incumbent will work in partnership with the IFAS Dean for Research to develop, oversee, and coordinate program development and implementation across the five universities of the Partnership. Duties will include publicizing the program, coordinating recruitment, application, and selection of students; helping to arrange research and internship experiences; and teaching online courses. The incumbent will also engage in scholarship related to diversification of the conservation field.
(3) The faculty member will participate actively in graduate education and research, maintain an extra-murally funded research program, publish widely in the peer-reviewed literature, present results at national and international meetings, and contribute to Center governance through collaborative research and service on committees.

Position assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the department. All IFAS faculty are expected to demonstrate commitment and responsibility to the three functions, teaching, research, and extension, of the Land Grant mission.

This position is supported by two full-time technicians (one state-supported and one industry-supported). All of the commercial sugarcane currently produced in Florida is grown within the Everglades Agricultural Area and surrounding lands in the south central region of the state that includes Lake Okeechobee and the city of Belle Glade. The Everglades Agricultural Area, located at the southern edge of Lake Okeechobee, is a dynamic, agriculturally diverse region with major production of sugarcane, rice, commercial sod, and winter vegetables (celery, radish, lettuce, sweet corn, etc.). The 12 faculty members located at EREC represent agronomy, entomology, horticulture and plant breeding, plant pathology, and soil science. Approximately 50 additional personnel support EREC faculty research and extension programs. Residential dormitories and housing are available at EREC for graduate students and visiting scientists. The EREC research farm contains 600 acres of Histosols available for field research.

Belle Glade is located west of the metropolitan West Palm Beach area; a region with a population of 1 million, an excellent subtropical climate, exceptional beaches and aquatic sports options, and the cultural advantages of a medium-sized city. Website:

Minimum Requirements:
A PhD (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Wildlife Ecology with emphasis on human dimensions in wildlife ecology, human/wildlife interactions in agriculture, and conservation and wetland/wading bird ecology is required, as is experience with prestigious national scholarships and leadership development. Candidates will also have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communications, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the tripartite teaching, research, and extension mission of the Land-Grant system, and have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Preferred Qualifications:

Health Assessment Required:

Special instructions to applicants:
Individuals wishing to apply should go online to (search for requisition # 0904576) and submit:
- Application
- letter of application
- a curriculum vitae, with educational background, professional experience, publications, etc.
- names and address of three references who will be forwarding letters of recommendation.

Also, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts should be sent to the address below.


Dr. Ron Cherry
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Everglades Research and Education Center
3200 East Palm Beach Road
Belle Glade, FL 33430-4702

Phone: (561) 993-1529
Fax: (561) 993-1582

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 .

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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