Research Assistant Scientist (64906)

The Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands and the Water Institute at the University of Florida invite applications for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Research Assistant Scientist.

The Research Assistant Scientist will participate in a collaborative interdisciplinary research team focused on understanding ecological and economic impacts of land use/land management and climate change on coastal food webs and fisheries. The primary responsibilities of this position are to develop models to predict changes in freshwater quality and quantity to the Suwannee River and Estuary for alternative land use/management and climate scenarios, and to work with a team of ecologists and economists to evaluate relationships among water quantity and quality, freshwater and coastal ecology, and the agricultural and coastal economies across the scenarios. The successful candidate will be expected to mentor graduate students, publish peer-reviewed manuscripts, and submit research proposals for additional external funding.

The position will be housed in the Water Institute, however the candidate will report jointly the Directors of the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands and the Water Institute. Career counseling; training in preparation of grant proposals, publications and presentations; guidance on how to effectively collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary areas; and training in responsible professional practices will be provided.

The position offers a competitive salary and full participation in the benefits programs offered by both the University of Florida and the state of Florida. The appointment will be renewed annually for a period of up to three years, contingent on adequate performance.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in the hydrological sciences or engineering, strong quantitative and modeling skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and an interest in working with a diverse group in the production of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated creative approaches to modeling complex systems (e.g., linking hydrological modeling to social-ecological system responses, applying statistical or analytical approaches to optimize hydrology and land use management within political or regulatory contexts, etc.) and who have worked productively on interdisciplinary research questions. Post-Doctoral experience is preferred.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled. You must apply by submitting an application through Interfolio via (Job 64906). The application consists of attached PDF files of the following required documents: 1. Cover letter (summary and introduction; relate to hiring emphasis areas) 2. Curriculum vitae (include 1-page CV highlights). 3. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. The final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.

The University of Florida is currently ranked as one of the top-10 best public universities, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

The 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

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.


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