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Faculty Positions

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Lecturer

Title:
Lecturer

Location:
Entomology & Nematology Department
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Gainesville FL, Florida

Salary:
Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date:
For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by May 1, 2018.  The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Duties and Responsibilities:
This is a 12-month non-tenure-accruing position that will be 100% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, available in the Entomology and Nematology Department, 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 developing a premier educational program related to pest management and biosecurity that includes the development of a biosecurity certificate under the entomology major.  Primary responsibilities include teaching existing distance-delivered courses in Insect Pest and Vector Management (ENY 5236), Exotic Species and Biosecurity Issues (ALS416) as well as revising and developing additional related courses, both traditional (classroom) and distance, depending on the successful candidate’s interests and needs of the department. Contributions to the department’s distance education programs including the on-line M.S. degree and certificate programs and to advising M.S. non-thesis online students is expected.  Working with the Distance Education Coordinator to promote the department’s on-line programs is encouraged.

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 M.S. or Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in some combination of entomology, pest management, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have significant teaching experience, 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:
Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience is desirable. A working knowledge of distance education and delivery of on-line education programs as well as experience in instructional design is also strongly desired.

Background Information:
The Entomology and Nematology Department (http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/) has diverse teaching, research, and extension programs with 32 faculty members located on the main campus in Gainesville plus 38 faculty located at 11 Research and Education Centers (RECs) throughout the state. 

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 June 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 # 506824

Dr. Norman Leppla
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Entomology & Nematology Department
PO Box 110620
Gainesville, FL   32611

Telephone:                               (352) 273-3951
Facsimile:                                (352) 392-0190
Electronic Mail:                      ncleppla@ufl.edu

Application Information:
Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/506824 and submit:

  • Application,
  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for 4 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
  • 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/

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.


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.



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Research Technician

Location:

Residential Landscape Ecology lab – “Pest Resistance in Urban Gardens”

The UF Residential Landscape Ecology Lab is seeking motivated applicants to assist with an ongoing Master’s project.

 

This project explores the concept of creating “designer ecosystems” that can help provide important ecosystem services in urban areas. Its primary purpose is to determine how the placement and design of urban gardens can enable natural pest resistance and therefore limit the need for pesticide use.

 

The technician may be delegated a range of tasks for the project; however, insect identification and data entry will be the technician’s main duties. Insects will be classified down to functional group (superfamily or family), so applicants with previous insect identification experience will be given priority. This position may also require some time to be spent at the field sites with the lead researcher, so knowledge in horticulture and plant identification would be beneficial, but not necessary. This position is available as either a part (0.5 FTE) or full-time (1.0 FTE) appointment.

 

If interested, please submit the following: a brief cover letter explaining why you are qualified for the position and how it will advance your career, a resume/CV, unofficial transcripts and the names of two (2) references. All deliverables can be sent via email to the lead researcher, Gisele Nighswander, at gnighswander@ufl.edu.

 

For any questions or additional information on the project or the lab, please feel free to contact Gisele or visit the lab’s website at https://rle-iannone.weebly.com/

Research Assistant 

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
(SW 23rd Drive and Archer Rd)

Appointment: Research Assistant - Molecular insect genetics laboratory; Full-time temporary, 30-40 hours/week; flexible schedule possible.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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

Background: Preferred qualifications include an academic background (B.S./M.S.) and/or experience in biology/entomology, biochemistry, or molecular biology/genetics.

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


   

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