Assistant/Associate Professor

Location
Gainesville, Alachua County
Posted
May 09, 2014
Special Filters
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Requisition Number: 0905613

Department: 60730000-AG-CREC-LAKE ALFRED

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description: This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available at the Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida (UF). This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Tenure will accrue in the Food and Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) Department. An endowment for Florida Citrus Innovation provides continued operating funds for this position. The CREC seeks a food chemist to provide research and extension leadership on flavor components of fresh citrus fruit, juice and other fruit products. Opportunities to work with other fruit crops, such as peaches, strawberries, and blueberries, exist. The incumbent will be expected to develop a comprehensive program in flavor component chemistry, biosynthesis and analysis. The appointee may work on issues related to quality degradation, existing compounds in fresh and processed products, or those that form as a result of biotic and abiotic stresses, processing or handling processes, and develop solutions leading to product stability or improvement. The extension program will complement the research program, focusing on delivery of science-based advancements in flavor. Collaborative research opportunities with programs from a wide range of disciplines represented at the CREC and FSHN include: the determination of flavor impacts in citrus fruit and products affected by HLB (citrus greening), pre- and post-harvest effects on quality, fruit quality attributes of newly developed scion cultivars, and identification and characterization of host-pest signaling volatile cues. The incumbent will be expected to build an internationally recognized program at the UF IFAS CREC, disseminate information to extension agents, producers, and other stakeholders, and to publish in scientific journals. The unique combination of opportunities to conduct industry-relevant fundamental and applied research and to interact closely with the citrus industry is the strength of UF IFAS CREC. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty members 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. The faculty member will participate in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, and supervising and publishing student research. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program. The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in his or her program area. The successful candidate will be located at the Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, FL. The CREC is an internationally recognized research center with research, extension, and teaching programs in agricultural and biological engineering, entomology and nematology, food science and human nutrition, horticulture, microbiology and cell science, plant pathology, and soil and water science. The Center has a staff of 250 people comprised of 25 faculty members of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. See the CREC website for more information (http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu).

Minimum Requirements: A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Food Science, Agricultural Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Horticulture, or a closely related discipline is required. Ideally, the successful candidate will have experience in one or more of the following: flavor chemistry and biochemistry, fruit and juice component analyses, volatile and non-volatile instrumental analysis, and sensory 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 with flavor systems is highly desired.

Special Instructions to Applicants: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by August 15, 2014. 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 the address below. Application Information Individuals wishing to apply should go online to https://jobs.ufl.edu (search for requisition # 0905613) 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 # 0905613 Michelle Danyluk Chair, Search and Screen Committee University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center 700 Experiment Station Road Lake Alfred, FL 33850 Telephone: (863) 956-1151 Facsimile: (863) 956-4631 Electronic Mail: mddanyluk@ufl.edu 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 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.