Assistant/Associate Professor
University of Florida - Florida

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This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position (80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service)), available at the Citrus Research and Education Center ( CREC ), which is part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. The UF- IFAS CREC is internationally recognized for providing innovative solutions to problems facing the citrus industry through a unique combination of industry-relevant fundamental and applied research. The individual holding this position will provide leadership and a long-term vision for the development of sustainable pre- and post-production systems that allow the Florida citrus industry to reach its full production potential. The program goal will be to establish an internationally recognized integrated research program that combines plant biology, sustainable horticulture, and agro-ecology in a system-wide approach to protect future citrus productivity, supply and profitability. The research agenda will be interdisciplinary in nature, focusing broadly on developing economically viable and ecologically sound citrus cropping systems that will ensure delivery of a consistent high quality product to the marketplace. Integrated citrus production systems will be tailored to available resources in different agro-ecological situations and IPM needs. The incumbent will be expected to coordinate an interdisciplinary research effort towards this goal. The Tropicana Professorship for Florida Citrus Innovation endowment fund supports this position. The Endowment is expected to generate a consistent stream of revenue to support the program. Excellent opportunities exist to interact with Tropicana leadership, and to conduct interdisciplinary research with the 26 faculty members at the UF- IFAS - CREC , and researchers at other locations.

Tenure will accrue in the Department of Horticultural Sciences. 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. Faculty members are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars. 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. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty members are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the designated appointment.

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, plant pathology, physiology and biochemistry, post-harvest, soil science, water management, fresh fruit handling and processing. The Center has a staff of 250 people comprised of 27 faculty members of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. See the CREC website for more information (http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu).

Minimum Requirements:
An earned doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Horticulture, Agricultural Engineering, Soil and Water Sciences or a closely related discipline is required. The successful candidate will have experience in one or more of the following: whole-tree physiology, high efficiency orchard architectures, incorporating automation and mechanization, and building efficiencies into integrated fruit production and delivery systems. The incumbent will draw upon the extensive research and outreach base of UF and other institutions and agencies to develop and promote citrus production systems that are adaptable to future variations in climate, population dynamics, resource allocation and availability, and land use pressures. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Preferred Qualifications:
Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Experience in sustainable tree fruit crop production systems is desired.

Health Assessment Required:

No Special instructions to applicants: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by December 1, 2013. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined. This position is available March 1, 2014 and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. Nominations

Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to the address below.

Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to https://jobs.ufl.edu and submit:
- Application
- Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
- Research and outreach statements (please attach as ‘Other Document’)
- Curriculum vitae

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

Please refer to Requisition # 0903948

Jude W. Grosser
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Citrus Research and Education Center
700 Experiment Station Road
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

Telephone: (863) 956-1151
Facsimile: (863) 956-4631
Electronic Mail: jgrosser@ufl.edu

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 http://www.naces.org/ .

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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