Postdoctoral Associate in Food and Agricultural Sciences

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Description

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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The Soil, Water, and Nutrient Management (SWNM) Lab is recruiting a Postdoctoral Associate to work on a USDA-NRCS Conservation Effort Assessment Project (CEAP) in South Florida. The postdoc will be based at the University of Florida - Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade, Florida. The postdoc will be responsible for coordinating and conducting a long-term field and watershed-scale hydrological and geospatial research network within the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), in South Florida. Primary methodologies to be implemented in the research include, but are not limited to, field monitoring using sensors (water level recorders, automated weather sensors, water quality sensors) and direct sampling (soil and water samples, auto-samplers, flow measurements, vegetation samples). The postdoc will be responsible for coordinating logistics of field and laboratory data collection and various aspects of core lab functions (sensor design and troubleshooting, field safety, equipment ordering, lab safety, data quality control and management). The project entails a significant amount of hydrologic modeling; thus, experience working with the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) and Agricultural Policy/Environmental eXtender (APEX) models are desired. The applicant should have a valid driver’s license and anticipate statewide travel. Other key responsibilities include team coordination and methods development in aid of team activities. The development and maintenance of effective working relationships with students and other postdocs, partners in industry and agencies, and the general public will ensure success in this position. The SWNM lab is committed to supporting work-life balance and creating an environment that promotes and supports a diverse and welcoming student, staff, faculty, and overall workforce within the University. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their research, teaching, Cooperative Extension, mentoring, and professional service.

Qualifications

A doctoral degree (PhD) is required. 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:

  • Doctoral degree in agricultural engineering, soil and water sciences, environmental sciences, hydrology, agronomy, or other related fields.
  • 2-3 years’ experience working on topics related to conservation assessment, watershed monitoring, hydrological modeling, or related fields.
  • Demonstrate supervisory and leadership abilities with evidence of increasing responsibility.
  • A strong publication record.
  • Experience installing and troubleshooting hydrologic monitoring equipment (e.g., pressure transducers, auto-samplers, etc.).
  • Experience using SWAT and APEX modeling preferred.

Application Instructions

In order to be considered, you must visit http://apply.interfolio.com/86667 and upload (i) Cover Letter, (ii) Resume, (iii) name and contact information of three (3) references.

Contact Dr. Jehangir Bhadha jango@ufl.edu for more information.

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.