Assistant Professor - Vegetable Horticulturist (85147)

Employer
University of Florida
Location
Immokalee, FL

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Assistant Professor - Vegetable Horticulturist (85147)

Location:
Immokalee, FL
Open Date:
Oct 19, 2021
Description:

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 .

 

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Southwest Florida 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.  The extension and research programs shall support major commercial vegetable production in the region while investigating innovative production systems that lead to increased diversification of alternative crops and incorporation of precision plant production, to assure sustainability and profitability for vegetable specialty crop farms in Florida. Sustainable production systems will include implementation of state best management practices (BMP) for improved fertilizer use. Promotion and research of these BMP systems should be a key component of the vegetable horticulture position.  The development of crop production systems that assist growers to compete in the global economy and reduce the impact of agricultural activities in the south Florida environment is an imperative.  Research outcomes from this and complementary programs will be integrated into a strong extension program to support county and state extension faculty farmers and allied industry representatives statewide.

Major goals for this position include the development of effective field production strategies for promoting the production of high yield and quality vegetables in a manner consistent with good stewardship of the land and natural resources.  Approaches could relate to study of cultural practices to promote conventional and organic production and optimization of current and innovative production practices, such as protected agricultural/hydroponics and grafting. Duties will include development of interdisciplinary studies with faculty in such areas as breeding and genetics, soil and water sciences, entomology, plant pathology, weed sciences, food and resource economics, and precision agriculture.  Interaction with the South Florida Water Management District, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Environmental Protection, USDA/ARS, USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Services, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other local, state, and federal agencies is important to this position.

 

Tenure will accrue in the Department of Horticultural Sciences (http://www.hos.ufl.edu). The faculty member will actively seek competitive contract and grant funding to support his/her program.  The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in their program area.  

 

The faculty member will actively participate in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with her/his graduate students.  Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses/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:

The Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC; http://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/) is located one mile north of Immokalee and approximately 35 miles southeast of Fort Myers, and is 40 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, which has internationally recognized tourism beach destinations (Sanibel, Captiva, and Marco islands). Presently, SWFREC supports thirteen faculty programs and a staff of more than 90 people.  Active research programs in citrus horticulture, vegetable horticulture, irrigation and water resource management, precision ag engineering, pest management, plant pathology, citrus pathology, agricultural and natural resource economics, soil microbiology, plant physiology, weed science, soil science, and agricultural economics occur on 320 acres of land at SWFREC. The faculty and staff of SWFREC serve a vibrant commercial agricultural region. 

 

The Southwest Florida REC is situated at the intersection of agricultural, urban, environmental interests within the iconic landscapes of Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve.  Farm gate sales for the region average more than one billion dollars each year.  The region has intensive production in citrus, beef cattle, fresh market vegetables, and sugarcane.  The area has a unique blend of agriculture, a rapidly growing urban area, and protected ecosystems.  Agriculture in the region faces environmental challenges including water supply and quality and competes with ever-increasing land values.


Qualifications:

Required:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in horticultural sciences, plant sciences, or a closely related discipline is required.  Candidates must have a strong understanding of basic processes in vegetable production. A functional knowledge of soil and water processes is helpful. 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. 

 

Preferred:

Postdoctoral experience is desirable. 


Application Instructions:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by December 1, 2021.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Nominations

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 # 85147

Jawwad Qureshi, PhD

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

IFAS/Southwest Florida Research and Education Center

2685 State Road 29 N

Immokalee,  FL 34142

 

Telephone:                              (239) 658-3458

Facsimile:                               (352 846-6618

Electronic Mail:                      [email protected]

 

Application Information

 

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/97187 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 to four individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts

 

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 http://www.naces.org/.

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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