Research Assistant Scientist

Gainesville, Alachua County
Feb 12, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Requisition Number: 0904927

Department: 60060000-AG-FOOD / RESOURCES ECONOMICS

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description: This is a 12-month non-tenure-accruing position that will be 90% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 10% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), available in the Food and Resource Economics Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL). This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include research related to citrus marketing and economics. Specifically duties include collecting primary data for research, writing research output including journal articles, and preparing and presenting research at professional and industry meetings. The faculty member will work closely with the Florida Department of citrus to identify specific research questions. This is a non-tenure accruing position. However, the faculty member may participate actively in graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her salary and program. The Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED) has approximately 25 faculty members, 8 support staff positions in Gainesville, and five faculty members and support staff 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 ~ 300 undergraduate majors/year, and 80-90 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.

Minimum Requirements: An earned Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in agricultural economics or a related field is required. Other requirements include: * Demonstrated research ability in the area of citrus marketing; * Excellent quantitative skills in econometrics; * Experience with collecting primary data from consumers; * Strong skills in SAS, and familiar with STATA or other commonly used econometric packages. 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: Candidates with research experience in citrus economics and survey experience are preferred. Postdoctoral experience is desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Nominations Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to the address below. Application Information Individuals wishing to apply should go online to (search for requisition # 0904927) and submit: o Application o Cover letter that states applicant's interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above o Curriculum vitae Official transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Please refer to Requisition # 0904927 Zhifeng Gao Chair, Search and Screen Committee University of Florida PO Box 110240 Gainesville FL 32611-0240 Telephone: (352) 294-7639 Electronic Mail: 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 . The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's 'Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.