Postdoctoral Research Associate in Container Nursery (Ornamental plant production) Weed Managem...

Apopka, FL
Feb 23, 2021
Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Container Nursery (Ornamental plant production) Weed Management (70689)

Apopka, FL
Open Date:
Feb 22, 2021

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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We are seeking applications to fill a postdoctoral research associate position with UF/IFAS located off campus at the Mid Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) near Orlando, Florida. This is an exciting opportunity to pursue applied and basic research relating to weed biology and management in ornamental crops. This position will be an initial 18 month appointment with a possible extension, working with MREC faculty coordinating and conducting research on:

  • Growth, reproduction, and germination requirements for common and emerging weed species important in Florida container nurseries
  • Development of alternative and non-chemical methods of weed control by altering production practices and cultural management strategies.
  • Assessment of herbicide efficacy, leaching, and fate in container nurseries
  • Growth response of weeds to differing soilless substrate compositions, fertilization, and irrigation management practices
  • Screening preemergence herbicides and ornamentals for safety and efficacy to develop more effective preemergence herbicide rotations for nursery growers
  • Determining ornamental crop response to weed management strategies and their growth and resource utilization when grown in competition with weed species

Specific operational tasks for the position will involve but are not limited to:

  • Plan, design, manage, and conduct controlled environment experiments to investigate weed physiology and horticultural production practices.
  • Collect, manage, analyze and interpret data from the experiments, and produce publications and reports synthesizing research results in the context of relevant literature.
  • Coordinate undergraduate students and interns assisting in research projects

MREC is located in the Orlando metropolitan area, northwest Orange county and 15 miles from a diverse, multi-cultural downtown and right next to Lake Apopka, one of Florida’s largest and encompassing the world famous North Shore wildlife refuge.  Housing is affordable and widely available.  Benefits include health and dental, and 130.5 hours of annual leave.


A Ph.D. degree (foreign equivalent acceptable) in weed science, horticulture, plant biology, crop science, agronomy, forestry, or a related discipline of plant science with a focus on horticultural/plant production is required. A strong record of course work and independent research in subjects such as weed science, container production, pest management, controlled environments, and crop and soil management is desirable. Abilities and skills in statistical analyses, data management and visualization, and scientific writing is desirable.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 1 April 2021.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

To apply for this position, please submit your application at Applicants must submit: 1) a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and describing your relevant skill set; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; and 3) three letters of recommendation.

Questions regarding the position should be emailed to Dr. Chris Marble ([email protected]).

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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