Assistant Professor – Nutrient-Cycling Agroecologist (71752)

Gainesville, FL
Mar 26, 2021
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Assistant Professor – Nutrient-Cycling Agroecologist (71752)

Gainesville, FL
Open Date:
Mar 24, 2021
Close Date:
May 15, 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 position that will be 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Agronomy Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida.  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. 

The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized, externally funded program that integrates research-based outcomes in soil nutrient management and nutrient cycling in agricultural systems by investigating their impacts on both crop production and the environment. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: plant and soil nutrient management; nitrogen and phosphorus cycling; integrated crop-livestock systems; manure management; carbon sequestration; greenhouse gas emissions; or other areas related to system nutrient management, crop productivity, and environmental quality. The selected candidate will collaborate with other departmental and college researchers to provide interdisciplinary support of sustainability and environmental health goals related to agroecosystems. This effort will include working closely with extension personnel in support of outreach educational programs. Active grower groups in Florida include agronomic, vegetable and fruit crops, and sod and forage-livestock producers. It is expected that the selected candidate will interact and collaborate with local, state, and national agencies or groups to develop new or further enhance existing nutrient management recommendations.    

Tenure will accrue in the Department of Agronomy.  The faculty member 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 their graduate students.  Faculty members are also encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars.  The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding to support their program including operational costs, technical/graduate student support and equipment.  The faculty member will develop a comprehensive extension program with measureable objectives and outcomes in crop and livestock nutrient systems and their environmental impact.  The candidate will work with other IFAS specialists and county faculty to deliver extension programs to target audiences using field days, clientele meetings, newsletters, EDIS (Electronic Data Information System) publications, and other electronic media.  The faculty member will actively participate in the Extension Focus Team related to nutrient management.  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.    


A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Agronomy, Soil Science or a closely related discipline is required.  Postdoctoral experience is desirable.  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.  Interest and experience in international dimensions of nutrient management/cycling is desirable.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by May 15, 2021.


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 # 71752

Dr. Greg MacDonald

Chair, Search & Screen Committee

University of Florida

Agronomy Department

PO Box 110500

Gainesville, FL 32611-0500

Phone: 352-294-1594

Fax: 352/392-1840

E-mail:  [email protected]


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
    • Research Letter
    • Diversity Statement (discuss how you would incorporate diversity considerations into your Extension program)
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 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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