Assistant Professor, Watershed Hydrology and Biogeochemistry (70926)

Ona, FL
Mar 07, 2021
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Assistant Professor, Watershed Hydrology and Biogeochemistry (70926)

Ona, FL
Open Date:
Mar 5, 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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This is a 12-month tenure-accruing Assistant/Associate Professor position in the area of watershed science that will be 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 40% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Range Cattle Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida.  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Soil and Water Sciences.

Duties will include watershed-scale management of soil and water resources in the critical zone of grazinglands. Theoretical and applied approaches should be integrated to the various processes associated with hydrological and biogeochemical cycles, and interactions among the soil zone, biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Relevant fields include (but are not limited to) biogeochemical and nutrient cycling in watersheds (with especial emphasis on natural and managed grazingland ecosystems); hydrology, surface and groundwater interactions, water resources management, and modeling, and integration of remote sensing data with quantitative modeling. The successful candidate is expected to address key questions related to the impacts of hydrologic and biogeochemical processes on the fate and transport of nutrients in a watershed scale, climate change effects on watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry, and development and implementation of management strategies to minimize nutrient transport from agricultural areas, with a core expertise on grazinglands. The appointee will provide leadership in integrating watershed-scale processes to address topics such as effects of agricultural activities on watershed hydrology and water quality, watershed-scale impacts of regional climatic change, hydrologically driven landscape processes, and surface water-groundwater interactions. Biogeochemists and hydrologists who combine field measurements, experimental and/or modeling approaches are of particular interest. Extension activities shall primarily address an audience of public and private landowners and managers, as well as state and federal agencies with programs aimed at addressing climate and grazingland management-induced changes in watershed hydrology and the coupling between biogeochemical and hydrologic processes across watershed-scale grazinglands. These activities should include appropriate methods, such as demonstrations, field days, meetings, tours, as well as written and oral communication media. Research and extension efforts should be organized and conducted in cooperation with other statewide faculty, county extension faculty, and federal and state agency representatives.  The faculty member will actively seek contract and grant funding to support this program.  Communication of research results in appropriate peer-reviewed journals and scientific and trade publications is an essential requirement of this position. Experience working in inter/multidisciplinary research teams to address complex environmental sustainability challenges is essential.

The successful candidate 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. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars.

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.

Background Information:

This position will reside at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center (, which is a unit of the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), and is located on a 2840-acre site eight miles south of Ona, FL. Ona is located, 45 miles east of the Bradenton/Sarasota area and 170 miles south of the University of Florida main campus at Gainesville. The Center is located in an agricultural region where beef and dairy cattle, citrus, vegetables, and ornamental horticulture are major industries. Nearly 80% of Florida’s 1 million beef cows are located with 150 miles of the Center. Currently, the Center has six faculty programs and 19 support staff. The center is approximately 90 miles southwest of the newly acquired DeLuca Preserve,  27,000 acres of grazinglands composed of a mosaic of improved pasture, semi-native and native pasture, dry and wet prairie, wetlands, and upland forests.



A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in soil and water sciences with specialization in hydrology, soil physics, watershed management or a closely related discipline is required.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.  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. 


Postdoctoral experience is desirable. 

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by April 16, 2021.  The position will remain 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:

Please refer to Requisition # 00036405

Drs. Maria Silveira and Philipe Moriel

Co-Chairs, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Range Cattle Research and Education Center

3401 Experiment Station

Ona, FL 33865

Telephone:                              863-735-1314

Facsimile:                               863-735-1930

Electronic Mail:                      [email protected] (Maria Silveira); [email protected] (Philipe Moriel)

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for three individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts

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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