[Invasive-species] Position: Assistant Professor, Invasive Aquatic Plant Scholar

Sonia Vanderhoeven s.vanderhoeven at biodiversity.be
Mon Nov 5 13:55:16 CET 2018

FYI Position available. Deadline is 31 December 2018.

*Title: Assistant Professor, Invasive Aquatic Plant Scholar*
*Location: Agronomy Department , Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants*

* 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 December 31, 2018.  The position will remain open
until a viable applicant pool is determined.*

*Duties and Responsibilities*

This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% teaching
(College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), and 40% research (Florida
Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Agronomy Department,
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida.
The position will be located at the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
(CAIP) in Gainesville, FL with access to extensive laboratory and field
facilities.  Tenure will accrue in the Department of Agronomy.  This
assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.

The teaching component of this position (60%) will include undergraduate
and graduate sections of Aquatic Plant Management, graduate sections of
Ecology and Physiology of Aquatic Plants, and additional courses to be
developed by the instructor. These courses will be delivered in the
classroom as well as through distance teaching methodology. In addition to
these courses, the incumbent will be tasked to develop and coordinate a new
online certificate program in weed science. The primary audience for this
certificate program will be county extension faculty, state and federal
agency personnel, commercial herbicide applicators, and individuals in the
private sector who have an interest in the control of aquatic and invasive
plants. The incumbent must liaise with federal, state, county and municipal
land management programs such as the Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida’s five Water Management
Districts, and Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAS) as to
address their educational wants and needs. The incumbent has the
opportunity to cooperate with educational programs developed by the CAIP
Information Office (http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu) and with established
programs in other departments. This position requires close coordination of
research and extension programs with faculty in several other disciplines
including Fisheries, Forestry, Entomology and Horticulture as well as with
research/extension staff at Research and Education Centers throughout the

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to
instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses,
advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating
in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching
program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work,
publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and
engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and
advising.  Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS
Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

The research component of this position (40%) will focus on relevant
independent research on invasive plants or algae in aquatic or semi-aquatic
habitats. Research can be directed as either an applied or basic program as
long as it adds support and breadth to existing programs or addresses
concerns from our land managers in Florida or across the nation. This
research can be focused on fundamental studies on the biology, physiology,
or ecology of invasive plants and/or algae. The incumbent is expected to
obtain extramural funding, direct graduate student research, and publish
research findings in the scientific literature.

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 his/her graduate
students.  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.

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



A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Agronomy, Botany,
Horticulture Sciences 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.


Postdoctoral experience is desirable.

*Background Information**:*

The Agronomy Department (http://agronomy.ifas.ufl.edu/) of the Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) has faculty working in all aspects of
the discipline including invasive plant management, plant biology,
physiology and ecology. The Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP)
maintains close relationships with all faculty working on invasive plants
including those in Entomology and Nematology (biological control),
Horticultural Sciences, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and Forestry which
provide extensive opportunities for multi-disciplinary projects.

Florida state agencies, water management districts, counties and other
public entities spend over $50 million annually for control of invasive
plants in Florida and rely heavily on IFAS faculty and staff for
development of control methods and educational opportunities.

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 1 February 2019 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 # 40415

Dr. Jason Ferrell

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Professor and Director

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

7922 NW 21st St.

Gainesville, FL 32653

Telephone: 352.273.3685

Facsimile: 352.392.3462

Electronic Mail: jferrell at ufl.edu

*Application Information*

   - Individuals wishing to apply should go online to
   http://apply.interfolio.com/57362 and submit:
      - Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and
      qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
      - Curriculum vitae
      - Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals
      willing to write letters of recommendation
      - 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)

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this
position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at
800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the
US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.

*The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to
building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  *

Dr Sonia Vanderhoeven

Science Officer
Belgian Biodiversity Platform
www.bi <http://www.biodiversity.be>odiversity.be

Direction de la Nature et de l'Eau
Avenue de la Faculté, 22
B-5030 Gembloux

Tél : 081/620 438

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