Assistant Professor of Biochemical Genetics

Mar 18, 2016
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Classification Title:

Ast Prof

Job Description:

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position at the rank of Assistant Professor with 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.

The incumbent will develop and conduct a nationally and internationally recognized research program in plant biochemical genetics that addresses fundamental problems relevant to the biology of fruits and vegetables. The incumbent is expected to attract federal, internal and industry funding to support these activities, and to report the results of this research in high quality scientific journals as well as national and international professional meetings. The incumbent will be expected to collaborate with existing IFAS programs to introduce and evaluate candidate genetic traits of potential benefit to producers and consumers.

The incumbent 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 incumbent will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

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. The successful candidate will therefore be expected to interface and collaborate with industry and extension faculty.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Plant Sciences, Biochemistry, Genetics 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 Qualifications:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by June 1, 2016. The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


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

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to (search for requisition # 496650) and submit:
    • Application
    • Cover letter that states applicant's interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Outline of potential research interests
    • Outline of teaching philosophy, experience and interests
    • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree and three letters of recommendation should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 496650

Dr. Gilles J. Basset

Chair, Search Committee

University of Florida

Horticultural Sciences Department

PO Box 110690

Gainesville, FL 32611

Telephone:  352-273-4808

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

Health Assessment Required:No

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