Assistant Professor Turfgrass Weed Sci

Title: Assistant Professor – Turf Weed Scientist

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 September 28, 2020. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. 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.

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This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Agronomy Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.

The successful candidate will develop a nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded, research and extension program in turfgrass weed science and right of way vegetation management. Expertise in conducting applied field and controlled environment research is essential. Expected areas of research include managing invasive, herbicide resistant and difficult to control weed species across the broad range of turfgrass species and climatic/vegetation zones within Florida; and also collaborate with turf professionals in the Caribbean and central and South America. The candidate will be expected to develop and evaluate new or novel technologies for weed management; emphasizing integrated management strategies for golf and sports turf systems, sod production and right of way vegetation management.

Tenure will accrue in the Agronomy Department. The faculty member will participate actively in graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with their graduate students. Faculty members are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to advising. The faculty member will seek external contract and grant funding to support their program including operational costs, technical/graduate student support and equipment. The faculty member will develop a comprehensive extension program with measurable objectives and outcomes in weed science and turfgrass program areas. The candidate will work with other IFAS specialists and county faculty to deliver extension programs to target audiences using field days, clientele meetings, newsletters, EDIS (Electronic Data Information System) publications, and other electronic media. The faculty member will actively participate in the Extension Focus Team related to weed management. 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.

Applicant must possess or have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Weed Science or a closely related discipline. 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. Candidates must be able to work on interdisciplinary team projects and to work with diverse audiences.

Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Interest and experience in international dimensions of weed science is desirable.

Background Information:
The University of Florida ( is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 56,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ( includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (, the College of Veterinary Medicine (, the Florida Sea Grant program ( ), 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 January 2021 and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.

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 # 63563

Dr. Kevin Kenworthy
Chair, Search & Screen Committee
University of Florida
Agronomy Department
PO Box 110965
Gainesville, FL 32611-0965
Phone: 352-262-8719
Fax: 352-392-6110

Application Information
 Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
o Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
o Curriculum vitae
o Letter of recommendation from a minimum of three individuals
o 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.

Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
Ref Code: 63563

Contact Information
Kevin Kenworthy
Agronomy Dept. UF
PO Box 110965
Gainesville, 32611