GIVE

Jobs

Explore different employment opportunities with the UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department. Don’t see your dream job listed here? Come back often and look for updated opportunities. 

Faculty and staff positions on campus, at County Extension offices, and at Research and Education centers around the state can be found on the Careers page at UF website.

Notice of Public Meeting, Hearing or Workshop (1)

Click here for graduate assistantships and fellowships.

Faculty Positions

OpportunityDescriptionContact

Center Director and Professor

Tropical Research and Education Center

University of Florida, IFAS

Homestead, Florida

Position closes:         April 7,  2018

REQUISITION # 505669

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Center Director is the administrative head of the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) located in Homestead and provides leadership and support for the teaching, research and extension programs essential to the agricultural, horticultural, natural resource conservation, environmental and consumer interests of the area. The Director is responsible for promoting the development of proactive programs addressing the present and future needs of the surrounding agricultural, natural resource and urban communities. TREC programs seek to improve the viability of regional agricultural economies, protect and enhance natural resources, and encourage positive interaction at the urban-agriculture interface.

The Center Director facilitates and supports the teaching, research and extension programs of the faculty. In particular, the Center Director is expected to address clientele needs through visionary and proactive extension programming and scientifically recognized research efforts. The primary responsibility will be administrative but there may be opportunities for research, extension, or teaching.

The Center Director is responsible for sound management of TREC budgetary and personnel resources, and for development of short- and long-term goals involving programs, equipment, physical plant and personnel. The Director is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for strengthening the teaching, research and extension activities at the TREC to increase its impact in the region. The Center Director will maintain liaison with local, state, and federal agencies and will interact with UF/IFAS administration, county extension faculty, other UF faculty and staff, and agricultural and environmental leaders in accordance with the Center’s mission and goals.

The Center Director is expected to use appropriate communication and management skills to promote teamwork among faculty and staff and be able to delegate responsibility and make timely decisions. The Director is responsible for evaluation of TREC faculty programs and initiation of tenure and promotion actions in consultation with appropriate department chairs. The Center Director reports administratively to the Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources and programmatically to the Deans for Academic Programs, Research and Extension.

The Center Director must take an active role to develop and maintain goodwill for the Center among various support and clientele groups and consumers. Strong ties must be developed and maintained with organizations and public agencies, including commodity organizations and local and statewide agriculture, natural resource, and regulatory governmental agencies. A good working relationship must also be maintained with private entities, including agricultural producers, members of agricultural industries, various agriculture and horticulture clientele groups, environmental NGO’s, and consumers. The Director will collaborate with UF/IFAS Department Chairs, other UF/IFAS Research and Education Center directors, district extension directors, county extension faculty and other UF units in program development, implementation and evaluation.

Basic Qualifications:
An earned Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in a field related to plant sciences, including but not limited to agriculture, environmental horticulture or natural resources.  The candidate should be recognized as a leader in their own field of expertise and is expected to have experience in conducting teaching and research programs with academic credentials equivalent to the rank of full professor. Experience with extension activities is also required. The candidate should have demonstrated strong professional leadership, communication, interpersonal and administrative skills. Candidates should also have demonstrated ability to generate extramural support (grants, contracts and cooperative agreements) from commodity and industry groups or governmental agencies such as the USDA.

Other Information:
The Tropical Research and Education Center (http://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/) of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu), University of Florida (www.ufl.edu) is located in Homestead, Florida, about 30 miles south of Miami. The Center was established in 1929 by an act of the state legislature in what is now Miami-Dade County.  Currently, TREC consists of offices, laboratories, greenhouses, vegetable fields and fruit orchards on 160 acres. Research, teaching, and extension programs focus on tropical and temperate vegetable crops, tropical and subtropical fruit crops, and ornamental crops of southern Florida.  The agricultural industry served by the center has an annual farm gate value in excess of $1 billion.  Multiplier effects make agriculture’s impact on the local economy worth over $2 billion annually.  The area’s oolitic limestone soil is unique to extreme southern Florida, and due to the region’s humid subtropical climate, TREC is the only state university research center in the continental United States focused on a large number of tropical and subtropical crops.  The center also addresses crop-related water and environmental issues that result from its proximity to Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Marine Park, Florida Bay and major well fields that provide drinking water to the several million people in neighboring urban areas.

The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 53,000 students.  UF is a member of The Association of American Universities.  The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant program (http://www.flseagrant.org/ ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain).  The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus.  IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state.  IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine.  UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Application Instructions:

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/505669 and submit:

  • An on-line application,
  • A formal letter of application which includes a brief statement of the applicant’s administrative philosophy and ideas on the role of a Center Director of an off-campus Research and Education Center,
  • A current curriculum vitae which includes service, consultantships, and a complete list of publications, and
  • three (3) names and contact information of references who can assess the candidates qualifications for this position

(Please refer to Requisition # 505669)

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.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.


Assistant Professor, 
Mosquito Ecologist

Location:
Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Vero Beach, Florida

Salary:
Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date:
For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by January 15, 2018. The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Duties and Responsibilities:
This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, 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 research and extension focusing on ecology of vectors and vector-borne pathogens with emphasis on landscape or spatial ecology of mosquitoes. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. The successful candidate will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars. The successful candidate will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program. The successful candidate will engage in Extension activities in his/ her program area.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Qualifications
Required:
A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in a relevant biological science 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.

Preferred:
Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Special consideration will be given to candidates with research programs in landscape or spatial ecology of vectors and vector-borne diseases and demonstrated experience using modern approaches and techniques in other disciplines which may include, but are not limited to, landscape/spatial ecology, geographic information systems, evolutionary biology, behavior, genetics, ecosystem interactions, and epidemiology of mosquito-borne diseases.

Background Information:
Florida is comprised of a diverse human population, culture and ecological habitat. The Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (http://fmel.ifas.ufl.edu) is located on a 38-acre campus, much of which is comprised of native Florida coastal hammock habitat, 5 miles south of downtown Vero Beach, Florida. Faculty and staff at the FMEL perform research on diverse topics related to human pathogens and their arthropod vectors. Facilities include Biosafety Level 2 and 3 laboratories, an Arthropod Containment Level 3 laboratory, a library, mechanical shop facilities, an animal holding and rearing facility, comprehensive computing equipment, a vehicle pool, and mosquito rearing facilities. Current laboratory staff includes 10 faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students and ~ 20 support personnel.

The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 53,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant program (http://www.flseagrant.org/), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Employment Conditions:
This position is available July 1, 2018, and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.

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

Please refer to Requisition # 505221
Dr. Jonathan F. Day
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory
200 9th St, SE
Vero Beach, FL 32962
Telephone: (772) 778-7200, extension 132
Facsimile: (772) 778-7205
Electronic Mail: jfda@ufl.edu

Application Information:

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/505221 and submit:
    • Application
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Unofficial transcripts

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/


Assistant Professor, Citrus Integrated Pest Management

Location:
Citrus Research and Education Center
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Lake Alfred, Florida

Salary:
Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date:
For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by January 2, 2018. The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Duties and Responsibilities:
This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 35% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 65% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Citrus Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The appointee will work as part of a multi-disciplinary state-wide extension team on the development, introduction and implementation of citrus integrated pest management programs. The research component will focus on an area of entomological research expertise that compliments the extension and research needs within the state. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. 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.

The successful candidate will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate inprofessional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Qualifications
Required:
A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Entomology or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication and interpersonal relationships. 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.

Preferred:
Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Ideally, the successful candidate will have experience in agricultural entomology, vector-pathogen interactions, and either experience or a desire to strongly participate in extension service. Demonstrated skills of staff supervision and procurement of extramural funding are highly desirable. Demonstrated ability for future
communication and interaction with county faculty, citrus producers (and other crops as needed), Federate and State Regulatory agencies, and private industry clientele is preferred.

Background Information:
The CREC is an internationally recognized Center with research, extension, and teaching programs in agricultural and biological engineering, entomology and nematology, food science and human nutrition, horticulture, microbiology and cell science, plant pathology, and soil and water science. The Center has a staff of 250 people comprised of 24 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).

The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 53,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant program (http://www.flseagrant.org/), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Employment Conditions:
This position is available March 1, 2018, and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.

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

Please refer to Requisition #505240
Dr. Lukasz L. Stelinski
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: stelinski@ufl.edu

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
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Unofficial transcripts
  • Applicants should also request three letter of recommendation be sent directly to the chair of the search & screen committee at the address provided above.

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/.



Post-doctoral Positions

OpportunityDescriptionContact


Staff Positions

OpportunityDescriptionContact

OPS Positions

OpportunityDescriptionContact

OPS Laboratory Manager

Location:
Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL)
Entomology & Nematology Department
Bldg. 970, Steinmetz Hall
Natural Area Dr.
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32611-0629
http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/honeybee/index.shtml

Appointment: Time limited

Pay Rate: $13-15/hour

Position Description:
The University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory is advertising for a 0.75 fte (30 hours/week) Laboratory Manager. This individual is expected to work in the laboratory, attend all lab meetings, and work directly with lab members on a daily basis. The successful applicant must be able to work independently as well as with a diverse team of students, faculty, technicians, etc.

The applicant must have experience working in a research laboratory and be familiar with basic laboratory equipment. This person must have good organizational skills and be meticulous/detailed oriented. Experience with honey bees is desired but not required. The individual cannot be allergic to honey bee stings.

Responsibilities Include:

Research Projects

  • Coordinate research project logistics
  • Assess project needs to ensure supplies and staffing are sufficient
  • Work with land owners to find and secure apiary locations for hive placement

Laboratory Safety

  • Oversee all laboratory safety efforts
  • Coordinate laboratory safety inspections with UF Environmental Health and Safety
  • Maintain chemical inventory
  • Manage hazardous waste accumulation and disposal
  • Train new employees, students, and volunteers in appropriate lab safety and waste disposal practices
  • Keep training logs to ensure all individuals are up-to-date with required trainings

Administrative

  • Order supplies/equipment
  • Submit travel authorizations and reports
  • Submit purchase requisitions
  • Manage time cards for all employees
  • Coordinate hiring of new employees
  • Organize and catalogue UF HBREL photos for future use

Customer Service/Communication

  • Answer phone calls and emails about general laboratory information, honey bees, and beekeeping
  • Schedule and lead tours of facility
  • Schedule and reserve space for weekly lab meetings
  • Coordinate and supervise volunteers
  • Communicate with visiting researchers to facilitate travel and orientation to university and laboratory

Equipment Maintenance

  • Coordinate laboratory equipment service and preventative maintenance
  • Maintain service and preventative maintenance of state vehicles
  • Submit work orders

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field
  • Experience working in a research laboratory
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, and meticulous in details
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and prioritize daily tasks
  • Proficient with computers, including with the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must not be allergic to insect stings

Applications:

A review of applications will begin 28 February 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. To be considered for this position, please submit an electronic (1) cover letter and (2) resume. Furthermore, it is the candidate’s responsibility to arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Ms. Mary Bammer (bammerma@ufl.edu) from the individuals supplying the letters. Email submission of complete application is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All
application materials must be emailed to Ms. Mary Bammer with “Lab Manager Application” in the subject heading.

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. 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.


Nematode Assay Lab, OPS worker

Location:
University of Florida
Entomology and Nematology Department
Steinmetz Hall

The Nematode Assay Lab is looking for an OPS worker. The job entails mostly secretarial work such as: 

  • Checking in new samples
  • Entering sample information/results to our database
  • Interacting with customers and professors
  • Maintaining sample invoice and payment records
  • Some sample processing when requested.

Training will be provided for all duties so do not be daunted by the above list. Work hours will be flexible to your schedule, but maximum you will be able to work up to is 20 hours per week (preferably afternoons) and should expect to work close to that amount. Any previous customer service experience or with data entry a plus but not required.

If interested please send an email to Alex: ahabteweld@ufl.edu; ( or call @ 3522733935) with your name, phone number, and email. Please include a list of times that you would be available for an interview.


Research Assistant - Insect Genetics

USDA-ARS Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology

Location:
Handler Laboratory
Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research Unit
USDA-ARS Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology
1700 SW 23rd Drive, Gainesville, Florida 32608

Appointment: Research Assistant - Molecular insect genetics laboratory; 30-40 hours/week.

Preference will be given to U.S. citizens (please contact Dr. Handler for further information).

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Duties: Insect rearing, maintenance and analysis (tephritid and drosophilid fruit flies), plasmid DNA and bacterial culture preparation and maintenance, chemical solution preparation, data management, lab maintenance, etc. Training will be provided for specialized tasks.

Background:  Preference to applicants with academic background (B.S./M.S.) and/or experience in entomology, molecular entomology/genetics, or biochemistry.

Contact: Contact or send CV to Dr. Alfred Handler: ahandler@ufl.edu



   

We do not post advertisements for positions that are not associated with the University of Florida. To find employment opportunities with other institutions, we encourage you to visit these sites: