Assistant Professor - Soil Fertility and Sustainable Nutrient Management

Gainesville, Florida
Oct 11, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The Soil and Water Sciences Dept. (SWSD), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), Univ. of Florida (UF) seeks applications for the position of Assistant Professor – Soil Fertility and Sustainable Nutrient Management. This position is a 12-month, tenure-accruing, 70% extension and 30% research appointment.

Responsibilities: The incumbent will develop a nationally-recognized extension and applied research program emphasizing development and delivery of soil and plant nutrient management technologies and recommendations for sustainable agronomic and horticultural crop production. Duties include 1) developing a highly-visible statewide extension education program in soil fertility and nutrient management addressing critical nutrient management issues such as crop nutrient requirements, soil and tissue testing, nutrient sensors, and nutrient-related environmental concerns; 2) using traditional and innovative outreach tools to educate clientele about agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) and the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship; 3) developing an externally-funded applied research program that includes technologies capable of enhancing current nutrient management strategies resulting in increased yields, enhanced crop uptake, greater nutrient use efficiency, and minimized nutrient losses. The incumbent will use crop growth, nutrient uptake, and soil nutrient availability models as the basis to improve UF/IFAS fertilizer/soil amendment recommendations that provide sufficient crop nutrition and protect the environment. The incumbent will coordinate statewide BMP and 4Rs education programs for UF/IFAS. The incumbent will actively participate in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students.

Qualifications: An earned PhD in soil science or a closely related field plus demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding are required. Highly desirable traits include post-doctoral training and extension education experience; expertise in soil nutrient cycling, modeling, soil test calibration/interpretation, and plant nutrient recommendations; and ability to develop site-specific nutrient management recommendations incorporating spatial and temporal nutrient variability and crop uptake.

Application: Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit: 1) A cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications; 2) Curriculum vitae; 3) Contact information (including email addresses) for four individuals willing to write letters of recommendation; 4) Unofficial transcripts showing receipt of doctoral degree. Review of applications will begin November 16, 2018 and the position will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available.

The SWSD ( is a leader in teaching, research, and extension/outreach programs in management and restoration of soil and water resources. The interdisciplinary nature of SWSD programs provides the opportunity to conduct research at multiple scales to manage and protect land and water resources and solve environmental problems. UF ( 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 an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.