Postdoctoral Associate (63998)

Gainesville, FL
Aug 29, 2020
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Postdoctoral Associate (63998)

Gainesville, FL
Open Date:
Aug 28, 2020
Close Date:
Sep 21, 2020

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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Duties and Responsibilities

The Forest Ecosystem Science Lab (FESL) at the University of Florida, in close collaboration with the Spatial Ecology and Conservation (SPEC) Lab, invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher with an interest in wood decomposition dynamics. As part of an interdisciplinary multi-institutional team (including USDA Forest Service and other University scientists), the associate will help estimate the three-dimensional decay dynamics of woody debris created by a hurricane. In particular, she/he will work closely with another post-doctoral associate who will focus on translating LiDAR collected from aircraft and an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), to volume estimates of woody debris. The position includes travel, fieldwork, and undergraduate mentoring. Researchers with experience in statistical modeling, remote sensing, forestry, or ecosystem ecology are encouraged to apply. Salary is $47,500 annually plus benefits. The appointment is for one year initially, with an opportunity for a second year based on performance. The starting date is flexible; earlier start dates are preferred.

The School of Forest Resources and Conservation is an interdisciplinary unit housed in UF/IFAS ( and has teaching, research, and extension education programs in three broad areas: Forest Resources and Conservation; Geomatics (surveying, mapping, remote sensing, GIS, and GPS); and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. The SFRC has 60 faculty members, 60 administrative and programmatic staff, 250 graduate students, and 350 undergraduate students. The School offers bachelor’s degrees in Forest Resources and Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation, Geomatics, and Marine Sciences; thesis and non-thesis master’s degrees in all focal areas, including a number of innovative distance education master’s programs; and Ph.D. degrees in all focal areas.


A doctorate in Forest Science, Soil Science, Ecology, Ecosystem Science and Geography, or a related field is required. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land Grant system and committed to the UF/IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Application Instructions:

To apply, visit and submit:

  • a CV, including peer-reviewed publications,
  • cover letter that includes summary of relevant research experience and interests and brief description of mentoring activities, and
  • contact information for 3 references.

Selected candidate will be required to provide an 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).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.


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