Research Assistant Scientist
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This is a 12-month non-tenure-accruing faculty position that will be 100% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Citrus Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. The CREC is the largest off-campus multidisciplinary unit of UF/ IFAS . This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include providing leadership in the development of citrus genomics and molecular biology research programs aimed at citrus variety improvement; to explore new research programs and extramural funding opportunities; to advise and mentor students, postdoctoral associates, visiting scientists and scholars; to foster strong collaboration with other relevant research programs; to prepare data reports and publish results in peer-refereed journals; to participate actively in university governance and various committees; and to participate in the CREC mission to develop, implement and extend citrus technology and knowledge through research, extension and teaching programs, whose goals are to address and resolve short-, intermediate-, and long-term problems, as well as pioneer new technologies, for the Florida citrus industry. The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program. The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in his or her program area and is encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars.

The successful candidate will be located at the Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, FL. The CREC is an internationally recognized research center with research, extension, and teaching programs in agricultural engineering, biotechnology, breeding and genetics, horticulture, economics, entomology and nematology, microbiology and cell science, plant pathology, physiology and biochemistry, post-harvest, soil science, water management, fresh fruit handling and processing. The Center has a staff of 225 people including 33 faculty members of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. See the CREC website for more information (

Minimum Requirements:
An earned doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in molecular genetics, genomics 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. Candidates should have a record of peer-refereed publications and outstanding scholarly achievement and activities in genomics, genetics, breeding, and utilization of various bioinformatics tools and extensive experience in providing vision and leadership to direct and manage laboratory research programs.

Preferred Qualifications:
At least two years of postdoctoral experience in molecular genetics, genomics or a closely related discipline is preferred. Previous and demonstrated ability to advise graduate students, postdoctoral associates and lab staff of different backgrounds is desirable.

Health Assessment Required:

No Special instructions to applicants: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by September 16, 2013. The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined. Nominations
Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to Dr. Fred Gmitter, the Chair, Search and Screen Committee.

Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to (search for requisition # 0903605) and submit:
o Application
o Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
o Resume

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

Please refer to Requisition # 0903605
Dr. Fred Gmitter Jr.
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Citrus Research and Education Center
700 Experiment Station Road
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

Telephone: 863.956.8878
Facsimile: 863.956.4631
Electronic Mail:

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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