Biological Scientist II

Jun 05, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 516935
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Dade
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine, Research/Scientific/Grants
Department:60790000 - AG-TREC-HOMESTEAD

Classification Title:

Biological Scientist II

Job Description:

  • Conducts directed research on introduced pests of ornamental plants to determine biology, population dynamics, behavior, and control. This requires organizing and planning all aspects of experiments, obtaining or growing and maintenance of necessary plants and arthropods, following experimental design and setup, and data organization and collection. Conducts chemical efficacy trials which require organizing and planning all aspects of the trials including mixing and preparation of the pesticides and other types of products, maintenance of arthropods and plants, applying pesticides and other products, evaluating the efficacy, and any other required parameters, collecting, and organizing data. Responsible for the procurement of laboratory and field supplies, tools, and equipment for the laboratory and field.

  • Rearing of pest arthropods and natural enemies used in experimentation. This requires field collection of arthropods and maintenance of insect and mite pest colonies in the laboratory. This requires methods development for the rearing of different types of arthropods based on the biological needs of each organism. This also requires the identification and handling of the various insect stages. Scheduling and planning are critical to providing the necessary numbers and appropriate stages of insects for experimentation but also maintain a healthy colony. Constant monitoring is necessary for contamination or other problems common to rearing arthropods.

  • Assist Quarantine Officer for the Tropical Research and Education Center Arthropod Quarantine Facility. Assist in operational functions including handling incoming shipments, identification of material and voucher deposition, following federal requirements for import permits, biological shipment records, quarantine releases, and strict sanitary guidelines.

  • Responsible for processing samples submitted to the Tropical Research and Education Center Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Maintains database of pest identifications. Must provide an initial review when the sample arrives in the lab before final identification by the researcher. Must maintain logs on when samples arrive and their status. Responsible for rearing any pests when necessary for identification; submitting unknown samples to appropriate authorities; and disposing of samples when necessary.

  • Conducts library literature searches for the above procedures; maintains literature database; assists in summarizing data and manuscript preparation. Assists in gathering information and preparation of extension materials such as presentations, handouts, posters, displays, etc. Takes photos and videos of all aspects of the research which includes experimental setup, experimental results, insects, plants, and damage. This requires taking pictures/videos on the microscope, outside, and indoors and includes macro and microphotography.

  • Trains and supervises temporary laboratory and field assistants in an experimental setup, plant and insect maintenance, data collection, and laboratory maintenance. Provide assistance and guidance to graduate students, visitors, and postdocs on their research projects which include procurement of supplies, experimentation, and insect and plant maintenance.

Expected Salary:

$35,568.000 annually based on experience

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field and three years of relevant experience; or a Master’s degree in biology or a closely related field and one year of relevant experience; Doctoral degree in biology or a closely related field.

Valid driver's license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of general entomology and acarology and particularly pests of ornamental plants
  • Experience working in a containment facility
  • Experience rearing mite pests and predators
  • Experience working with vectors of plant pathogens
  • Experience using basic laboratory equipment such as microscopes, balances, data loggers, etc., as well as computers
  • Willingness to handle/apply pesticides for research
  • Experience supervising personnel and/or students
  • Fluency in English and good writing skills
  • Must be able to work independently, plan, organize, coordinate work assignments and communicate effectively.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS POSITION IS IN HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA open to only University of Florida Employees.

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 .

To be considered, you must upload your cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references.

The application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required:


Advertised: 04 Jun 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 11 Jun 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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