- Posted On May 3, 2021
Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/68864and submit:Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the positionand qualifications relative to the credentials listed aboveCurriculum vitaeContact information (including email addresses) for three (3)individuals willing to write letters of recommendationUnofficial transcripts This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60%research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 40%extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) available in theCitrus Research and Education Center, Institute of Food andAgricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. Thisassignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Ahorticulturist with training in plant breeding, fruit treephysiology or fruit tree management is being sought to join theUF-CREC citrus genetic improvement team. The successful candidateis expected to become intimately familiar with the UF-CREC citrusgermplasm and current breeding program activities, and wouldparticipate in the identification and evaluation of advancedselections in scion and/or rootstock field trials withcollaborating growers throughout the state. The successfulcandidate will develop a research program that also focuses on thedevelopment of production and management systems for newly releasedand advanced processing or fresh fruit scion selections, as well asrootstock candidates, emerging from the citrus breeding pipeline.Research may also include determining the optimum rootstock(s) andtree spacings for specific selections; addressing any emergingproblems with new selections, including disease management, treeand fruit characteristics, canopy management, fruit thinning, etc.,as necessary to maximize yields of high quality fruit. Thesuccessful candidate is expected to participate in the fruit/juicedisplays that are held several times during the season, and todevelop an extension program that will support and encouragecommercialization of UF-CREC scions and rootstocks by providinginformation to growers derived from scion/rootstock field trials,on how best to grow them to maximize tree survival andproductivity. Extension information will be delivered throughtimely research and extension publications, field-daydemonstrations, and through the UF-CREC Citrus Improvement website.Interaction with collaborative growers and research programs fromthe wide range of other disciplines represented at the CREC (soilscientists, plant pathologists, entomologists, economists,engineers, food scientists and microbiologists) is expected. Thefaculty member will be part of a core team of scientists thatrespond to emerging citrus industry threats, needs, andopportunities. Tenure will accrue in the Horticultural SciencesDepartment . The faculty member will participate actively inundergraduate and graduate education by chairing graduatecommittees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis anddissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, andpublishing the results with his/her graduate students. The facultymember will seek contract and grant funding to support his/herprogram. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty areexpected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas– Research, Teaching and Extension – regardless of the assignmentsplit specified in the position description.Background Information:The successful candidate will be located at the Citrus Research andEducation Center, Lake Alfred, FL. The CREC is an internationallyrecognized research center with research, extension, and teachingprograms in agricultural engineering, biotechnology, breeding andgenetics, horticulture, economics, entomology and nematology, plantpathology, physiology and biochemistry, post-harvest, soil science,water management, fresh fruit handling and processing. The Centerhas a staff of more than 250 people including 25 faculty members ofthe Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University ofFlorida. See the CREC website for more information ( http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu).Required:An earned doctorate in Horticulture with emphasis on fruitbreeding, physiology, management, or a closely related discipline,is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbaland written communication, interpersonal relationships, andprocurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive ofthe mission of the Land Grant system. Candidates must also have acommitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, globalinvolvement, and accountability. Experience in horticulturalphysiology, plant breeding, and field trial experimental design andstatistical analysis is required.Preferred:Postdoctoral experience is highly desirable. Preferred expertiseareas include post-harvest physiology, molecular genetics, genomicsand biology, plant stress biology, host/pathogen relationships, andbiochemistry, as related to plant production.This position has been re-posted. Previous applicants are stillunder consideration and need not re-apply.To ensure full consideration please apply online and submitadditional materials by February 28, 2021. Position will remainopen until a viable applicant pool is determined.NominationsNominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the completename and address of the nominee. This information should be sentto:Please refer to Position # 53270Dr. Fred G. GmitterChair, Search and Screen CommitteeUniversity of FloridaCitrus Research and Education Center700 Experiment Station RoadLake Alfred, FL 33850-2299Telephone: 863-956-1151Facsimile: 863-956-4631Electronic Mail: [email protected] Information Selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institutionoutside of the United States are required to be evaluated by aprofessional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of CredentialEvaluation Services (NACES) .If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. The University of Florida is a public institution andsubject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and PublicRecord laws.The University of Florida is anEqual Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadlydiverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and AgriculturalSciences is committed to creating an environment that affirmsdiversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class,ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularlywelcome applicants who can contribute to such an environmentthrough their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professionalservice. 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