Postdoctoral Associate - SiTS (75204)Location:
Gainesville, FLOpen Date:
May 28, 2021Close Date:
Sep 1, 2021Description:
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The Wilson Agroecology Lab in the Agronomy Department at the University of Florida is seeking a qualified, motivated postdoctoral research associate to work on an exciting, multidisciplinary, NSF-funded project called “SiTS: Hyperspectral Signals in the Soil”. The overall goal of the SITS project is to develop and deploy a novel hyperspectral sensing platform for use in mini-rhizotron studies to gain greater insight into plant root structure and function, and the critical ecosystem processes that are regulated at the root-soil interface. The complete SiTS team at UF includes Alina Zare and Sanjeev Koppal (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Chris H Wilson and Diane Rowland (Agronomy), and Stefan Gerber (Soil and Water Sciences). The postdoctoral fellow will be co-advised by Drs Wilson and Gerber ([email protected] and [email protected]). and will have two primary areas of responsibility: 1. Oversee laboratory and field-based studies linking hyperspectral data to critical ecosystem processes such as fine root exudation and turnover, and 2. Develop and implement a framework for incorporation of depth-explicit data from mini-rhizotron systems into biogeochemical models. Overall, the postdoctoral research associate will assist with all aspects of the research including modeling, study design, data collection and analysis, preparation of manuscripts and reports and participating in PI meetings and outreach. In addition to the opportunity to work in this novel multidisciplinary collaboration, the postdoctoral fellow will have many opportunities for personal and professional growth including attendance at A2i, our unique professional development workshop, leadership in our international root short courses, and much more.
This position is expected to begin in Fall 2021 or early 2022 (preferably by January or February), and is renewable annually for up to three years of postdoctoral support.
The Wilson Agroecology Lab and the University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from diverse applicants. We value excellence in our work and are also committed to fostering positive work-life balance. The University of Florida is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Qualifications:
A PhD (foreign equivalent acceptable) in ecosystem science, biogeochemical modeling or related discipline is required. Candidates are expected to have completed their PhD prior to employment. 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. Application Instructions:
- Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/88438 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 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
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.
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