POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT # 00014785 REQUISITION # 505543
Title: Assistant Professor – Global Change Agroecology
Location:Agronomy Department University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Gainesville, Florida
Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Review Date:For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by January 20, 2018. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.
Duties and Responsibilities: This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% teaching and 40% research available in the Agronomy Department (http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu) at the University of Florida. This position will complement strong agroecology faculty programs addressing agronomic, economic, and ecological resilience in global agroecosystems to complement a comprehensive, preeminent agroecology program at UF. We are looking for candidates with experience working in transdisciplinary teams to investigate global change issues in agroecosystems using a variety of approaches that may include remote sensing and systems analysis at large-scales. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in the monitoring and analysis of complex and dynamic agroecosystems at the ecosystem, landscape, and global scales. Teaching responsibilities will include helping with existing courses in agroecology as well as developing new graduate and undergraduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise that will address gaps in our agroecology curriculum. Courses could include data management and analysis of complex systems in the plant sciences, quantitative modeling and simulation of agroecosystem dynamics, remote sensing of agricultural landscapes, and creative methods to address global change issues in agriculture, such as climate change, carbon and nutrient cycling, and land management. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her teaching and research programs. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.
Because 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.
Qualifications Required: A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Agronomy, Agroecology, or a closely related discipline is required. 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.
Qualifications Preferred: Teaching experience is desirable.
Background Information: The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 53,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant program (http://www.flseagrant.org/ ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.
Employment Conditions: This position is available April 1, 2018, and must be filled no later than August 1, 2018. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.
Application instructions: Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/505543 and submit: (1) an online application, (2) Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, (3) Teaching philosophy and experience statement, (4) Statement of research interests, (5) Curriculum vitae, (6) Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation, and (7) Unofficial transcripts.
For more information about the position, please contact John E. Erickson Chair, Search and Screen Committee University of Florida Agronomy Department 3105 McCarty Hall, P.O. Box 110500 Gainesville, FL 32611 Telephone:(352) 294-3792 Facsimile:(352) 392-1840 Electronic Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience