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Post-Doctoral Associate – Social and behavioral research in Food & Agricultural Systems (74591)

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
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Jun 30, 2021

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Post-Doctoral Associate – Social and behavioral research in Food & Agricultural Systems (74591)

Gainesville, FL
Open Date:
May 20, 2021
Close Date:
Jun 30, 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.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

The Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is seeking applications from those interested in a post-doctoral associate position.

The grant-funded position is available at the Center for Sustainable and Organic Food Systems and the Global Lab on Economic and Behavioral Research under the supervision of Drs. Mickie Swisher and Jorge Ruiz-Menjivar. The post-doctoral associate will conduct research with key players (i.e., farmers, distributors, and consumers) in the value chain of emerging crops in the U.S., such as specialty pumpkin (e.g., tropical pumpkin or calabaza). More information about the grant project may be found via (see objective 1).


Job description: The postdoc will be responsible for coordinating and conducting social science research activities with crop farmers, food distributors, and consumers in Florida. Research activities include interviews with farmers, focus groups with distributors, and the development and administration of online questionnaires with consumers. Additionally, the postdoc will engage in dissemination activities, including scholarly reports, peer-reviewed journal publications, and academic conference presentations.


Expectations: This position is a 12-month, non-tenure track, grant-funded position with an initial appointment of 1 year that can be renewed for an additional year. This position is a time-limited position, and continuation of this appointment is contingent upon the availability of funding, Center and lab needs, and satisfactory performance in the position.




All applicants must hold a minimum of a doctoral degree with research experience in social and behavioral dimensions of sustainable food and agricultural systems. Candidates must have relevant research experience associated with actors in the food and agricultural value chains (e.g., farmers, cooperatives, distributors, retailers, and consumers).

Preferred applicants will have demonstrated skills in implementing research, training, or technical assistance projects and the ability to produce verbal and written communication appropriate for a range of audiences, including scholarly reports and publications. Candidates should have demonstrated interpersonal skills that foster teamwork and collaboration, the ability to work effectively individually and as part of a large interdisciplinary team, and the ability to coordinate multiple academic projects.

Candidates should have (i) experience managing research data sets; (ii) knowledge of a range of research methodologies, and in particular surveys, interviews, focus groups, and mixed-methods, advanced data analysis skills; (iii) advanced data analysis skills—particularly, multivariate analysis (i.e., regression, structural equation modeling, network analysis), and qualitative analysis techniques; and (iv) competencies with advanced statistical and data analysis software (e.g., SAS, STATA, R package, NVivo) are desirable.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, visit and submit (i) a cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae with a brief description of research background, and (iii) three confidential letters of recommendation sent on their behalf to their Interfolio submission packet. This position will be initially awarded for one year and may be renewed, contingent upon strong performance, conduct and availability of funds. 

Contact Ms. Kaylene Sattanno ([email protected]) for more information.


Final candidate will be required to provide 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), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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