Asst Prof Nutrient-Cycling Agroecologist
Title: Assistant Professor – Nutrient-Cycling Agroecologist
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 May 15, 2021. The position will 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 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), 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 recognized, externally funded program that integrates research-based outcomes in soil nutrient management and nutrient cycling in agricultural systems by investigating their impacts on both crop production and the environment. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: plant and soil nutrient management; nitrogen and phosphorus cycling; integrated crop-livestock systems; manure management; carbon sequestration; greenhouse gas emissions; or other areas related to system nutrient management, crop productivity, and environmental quality. The selected candidate will collaborate with other departmental and college researchers to provide interdisciplinary support of sustainability and environmental health goals related to agroecosystems. This effort will include working closely with extension personnel in support of outreach educational programs. Active grower groups in Florida include agronomic, vegetable and fruit crops, and sod and forage-livestock producers. It is expected that the selected candidate will interact and collaborate with local, state, and national agencies or groups to develop new or further enhance existing nutrient management recommendations.

Tenure will accrue in the Department of Agronomy. The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and 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 also encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars. The faculty member will seek 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 measureable objectives and outcomes in crop and livestock nutrient systems and their environmental impact. 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 nutrient 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.

Qualifications
A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Agronomy, Soil Science or a closely related discipline is required. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. 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. Interest and experience in international dimensions of nutrient management/cycling 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 56,000 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. UF/IFAS employs nearly 4,500 people, which includes approximately 990 salaried faculty and 1,400 permanent 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 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 June 1, 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
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 # 71752

Dr. Greg MacDonald
Chair, Search & Screen Committee
University of Florida
Agronomy Department
PO Box 110500
Gainesville, FL 32611-0500
Phone: 352-294-1594
Fax: 352/392-1840
E-mail: [email protected]

Application Information
 Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/85417 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 Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
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: 00036592

Contact Information
Gregory MacDonald
[email protected]
University of Florida
3105 McCarty Hall Agronomy Department
Gainesville, 32667
3522628393