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Research Assistant Professor - Disaster Impact Analysis

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Job no: 522536
Work type: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine
Department:60060000 - AG-FOOD / RESOURCES ECONOMICS

Classification Title:

Res Ast Prof

Job Description:

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment of inclusive excellence that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Inclusive excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. 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 9-month non-tenure accruing position that will be 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Food and Resource Economics Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. This position is grant funded across multiple projects with the UF/IFAS Economic Impact Analysis Program (EIAP) and under the direction of Dr. Christa Court, Director of UF/IFAS EIAP. Duties include participating in externally funded research efforts in the areas of webGIS development and disaster impact analysis, including the advancement of methods for improving baseline data and methodological tools available to the UF/IFAS EIAP for rapid assessment of agricultural losses and damages to a variety of hazard events including tropical cyclones, flooding, and freeze events. This position will also support the continued development of the UF/IFAS EIAP’s Data Platform and efforts to broaden this platform for use by UF/IFAS Extension to aid research and extension programming efforts of the UF/IFAS EIAP and others. The faculty member will coordinate the UF/IFAS EIAPs research programming in Disaster Impact Analysis as well as engage in Extension activities in this program area. General duties will also include maintaining records and reports related to work, preparing reports detailing results of performed research, attending conferences and public meetings to communicate research findings to a broad set of stakeholders, preparing manuscripts for publications in academic journals and for University of Florida Extension. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program.

Once successfully appointed to graduate faculty status, the faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with graduate students.

Background Information:

The Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED) has approximately 30 faculty members, 10 support staff positions in Gainesville, and 6 faculty members spread across 5 Research and Education Centers throughout the state. FRED faculty teach a wide variety of courses, from agribusiness marketing to natural resource/environmental economics, to welfare economics and trade theory. FRED averages approximately 300 undergraduate majors/year, and 60-80 M.S., Ph.D., and Master of Agribusiness students. Research and Extension efforts reflect both the needs of the State and the mission of the Agricultural Economics profession.

A campus wide effort by the University of Florida aims to expand the use of AI in higher education and research ( The University is home to the HiPerGator, one of the most powerful high-performance computers at a US public university. The Department is committed to support the [email protected] initiative by developing high quality empirical scholarship and teaching curriculum.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:


A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Environmental Engineering, Geography, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural Economics, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidate must have an active research program in webGIS methods and applications as well as disaster impact analysis. 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 Qualifications:


Postdoctoral experience is desirable.

Experience working with publicly available data to develop baseline databases for rapid assessment of hazard event impacts.

Experience working with ArcGIS and related open-source GIS softwares.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by July 22, 2022. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


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 # 522536

Dr. Olesya Savchenko

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Food and Resource Economics Department

PO Box 110240

Gainesville, FL 32611

Telephone: 352-294-7654

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
  • 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.

    Health Assessment Required:No

    Advertised: 22 Jun 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Open until filled

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