Assistant Professor – Forage Breeding/Genetics

Job no: 522760
Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Jackson
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine
Department:60770000 - AG-NFREC-QUINCY

Classification Title:

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 12-month, tenure-accruing position that is 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available at the North Florida Research and Education Center - Marianna, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. North Florida Research & Education Center (NFREC) is one of the largest and the most diverse units of UF/IFAS, consisting of research and education campuses in Quincy, Marianna, and Live Oak, Florida. NFREC has faculty members representing 8 academic departments and the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, 3 emeritus faculty members (still active in research at NFREC) and a dynamic population of post-doctoral associates, scientific/farm/administrative staff. This diversity of faculty, staff and programs provides a unique setting for interdisciplinary work within the NFREC campuses, with colleagues on the main UF campus and with faculty at other Centers around the state. Tenure will accrue in the Agronomy Department. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The UF IFAS Forage Team , considered one of the best nationwide, works, is a well-established research team that works collaboratively across IFAS units.

Responsibilities in this position will include the development of a forage breeding program to release new forage species and cultivars that help address biotic and abiotic stresses, seasonal distribution of forage production, biological dinitrogen fixation, seed production, and overall fitness of new forage germplasm for Florida and the Southeast U.S. production and livestock systems. The program should include laboratory and field activities using novel breeding technologies. The faculty member will actively seek external funding to support their program. The faculty member will develop an Extension program within their expertise, including efforts aimed at enhancing producer adoption of new and existing forage germplasm within the scope of best management practices that protect natural resources. The faculty member is expected to collaborate with the stakeholders, especially the Florida Cattlemen’s Association (Florida Cattlemen's Association - Florida Cattlemen's Association), aligning the research and extension programs with the priorities of the allied industry. This program should also collaborate with cropping systems/agronomy/integrated crop-livestock systems program at UF.

The successful candidate will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and present seminars.

As part 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.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

Applicant must possess or have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Plant Breeding or a closely related discipline with emphasis on crop improvement/plant breeding. 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:

Specialization in forage breeding.

Postdoctoral experience in the development/or application of novel methods targeting cultivar development is desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by 15 August 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 # 522760

Dr. Jose Dubeux

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

North Florida Research and Education Center

3925 Highway 71

Marianna, FL, 32446

Telephone: 850.526.1618

Electronic 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 three individuals willing to provide references
  • 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: 07 Jul 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Open until filled

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