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Research Assistant Professor Reptile Ecologist

University of Florida

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Research Assistant Professor Reptile Ecologist

Job No: 527157
Work Type: Non-Permanent Status Faculty
Location: Levy
Categories: Agricultural Sciences

Job Description

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 .

We are seeking a dynamic scholar, educator, and communicator to fill a 9-month non-tenure-accruing research assistant professor position that will include research (80%) and teaching (20%), with overarching goal of evaluating factors influencing population status and threats for endemic reptiles (e.g., snakes, turtles) in the Nature Coast region of Florida. Research topics can include identification of critical habitats and habitat loss for reptiles, impacts of human activities (e.g., fishing, harvest, and altered habitats) on reptile population abundance and population viability, and quantification of habitat requirements for reptiles, including those with imperiled population status. Duties will include: the development of externally funded research grants on reptile ecology; mentor graduate students, and to foster strong collaboration between UF/IFAS and cooperating state and federal management agencies. The research program is expected to inform ongoing and future monitoring programs for reptiles in the Nature Coast region. The faculty member is expected to publish results from research on these topics in refereed journals and to contribute to writing proposals for external funding.

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. Teaching duties will include an annual assignment of 4 credits of undergraduate teaching in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major, including such classes as Wildlife Ecology and Management, Wildlife of Florida, or Wildlife Techniques. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars. The successful candidate will be expected to partially support their salary by obtaining external funding.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in wildlife ecology or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Strong quantitative skills are desired, including reptile population dynamics and estimation of vital rates (growth, survival and recruitment). 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.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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


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 # 527157

Dr. David Chagaris

University of Florida

Nature Coast Biological Station

PO Box 878

Cedar Key, FL 32625

Telephone: 352-325-6077

Electronic Mail:

Application Information
  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to Careers at UF 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.

    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:

    Applications Close: 14 Jun 2023

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