Assistant Professor – Plant Ecophysiology (65030)

Diversity and Accessibility

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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Duties and Responsibilities

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) 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. Tenure will accrue in the Agronomy Department. The position is based at the Gainesville campus.

Research activities will include development of a program focused on whole plant ecophysiology, including plant performance, utilization of resources, and responses to other environmental factors, such as climate change. The candidate will be expected to focus the majority of their research on agronomic crops in Florida, thus experience with agronomic crops is preferred but not required.

The ideal candidate will either have a strong background in basic plant science research and a commitment to addressing applied problems, or experience in applied research and an interest in fundamental plant ecophysiology research questions. A primary goal of this position is to bridge the basic-applied research gap, thus, both federal funding and close interaction with federal, state, and regulatory agencies is expected. Collaborative research is encouraged and expected, in particular with plant breeders and genetics researchers, agronomists, and other plant scientists across IFAS, UF, and other institutions.

The faculty member primarily will teach graduate courses in, for example, environmental crop nutrition and/or plant ecophysiology, and will actively participate 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 graduate students.

The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding to support their program. 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 enhancing the teaching program (e.g., internal mini-grants for improving instructional activities, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative works, 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.

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.

Applicants with experience and degrees from higher educational institutions other than the University of Florida are particularly encouraged to apply.

Background Information

The Agronomy Department ( ) is an UF/IFAS unit with diverse teaching, research, and extension programs. The department has 35 faculty members located on the main campus in Gainesville and at Research and Education Centers throughout the state who conduct research on diverse crops, including cotton, peanuts, carinata, sorghum, hemp, and edamame.


A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Plant Science, Agronomy, Agroecology, Biology, Ecology, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication and interpersonal relationships. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land Grant system and committed to the UF/IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.


Postdoctoral, teaching, and extramural grant proposal experience is desirable. Experience with remote sensing and other artificial intelligence methods is preferred.

For full consideration, candidates should apply by October 30, 2020. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and email address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

S. Luke Flory

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Agronomy Department

PO Box 110500

Gainesville, FL 32611


Please refer to Requisition # 65030

Application Information

Application is online at and requires the following:

  1. Cover letter that describes qualifications and interest in the position (1-2 pages)
  2. Diversity and inclusion statement (approx. 1 page)
  3. Research Statement, including previous and planned research (2-4 pages)
  4. Teaching Statement, including experience and philosophy (1-3 pages)
  5. Complete CV

Note: To help reduce implicit bias in the selection process, we plan to conduct the first stage of the candidate selection process “blind” by having names redacted from all application materials.

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.


The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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