Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology (72367)

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

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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 at the Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC) within the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Plant Pathology.

The incumbent is expected to develop a program with a major focus on the etiology and management of diseases of high value row crops (sugarcane, rice) and rotational crops (i.e., fresh market vegetables) produced in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) region. The EAA is one of the nation’s largest suppliers of winter vegetables while also boasting the largest sugarcane and sweet corn production in the country, and significant rice acreage. The incumbent will develop a nationally recognized grant funded research program supporting agricultural needs and sustainable crop production systems. Expertise in plant pathogen identification and disease management is expected; although demonstrated skills in host-pathogen interactions, plant pathogen biotechnology, population genetics, modeling and big data analysis will enhance competitiveness. This is an opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary research and extension team at the EREC, while serving as a faculty member in the University of Florida Plant Pathology Department with statewide and campus-based colleagues. The incumbent is expected to work with and train county and regional extension faculty and develop an Extension program to meet plant pathology related industry needs. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.

The faculty member will actively participate in graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars. 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.

Background Information

The Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC, ) is an 800-acre facility located in Belle Glade within the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), near the southern edge of Lake Okeechobee in western Palm Beach County. The EAA is a dynamic, agriculturally diverse region with major production of sugarcane, rice, commercial sod, and winter vegetables (sweet corn, leafy and leafy green vegetables, celery, and radish). The EREC has 11 faculty members that represent Agronomy, Entomology and Nematology, Horticultural Sciences, Plant Pathology, and Soil and Water Science Departments. Regional Extension Agents specializing in sugarcane, rice, sod and fresh market vegetables are located at the EREC and other offices in the EAA. Approximately 80 additional personnel and students support faculty research and extension programs. The EREC facilities include offices, laboratories, greenhouses, 700-acre research farm, and residential dormitories and housing for graduate students and visiting scientists.

Belle Glade is located west of the metropolitan West Palm Beach area, a region with a population of 1.5 million. The area is supported by an excellent subtropical climate, exceptional Atlantic coast beaches, and the cultural advantages of a medium-sized city, including year-round outdoor recreational activities, cultural events, and professional sporting venues.


  • A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in plant pathology or a closely related discipline at the time of hire 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.


  • A strong background and knowledge of fungal, bacterial and viral pathogens is desirable.
  • Evidence of ability to conduct independent and collaborative research in plant disease etiology, management, and plant disease biotechnology with practical applications in cropping systems is highly desirable.

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 1 June 2021. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


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 # 72367

Dr. Calvin Odero

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Everglades Research and Education Center

3200 E Palm Beach Road

Belle Glade, FL 33430

Phone: (561) 993-1500

Fax: (561) 993-1582

Electronic Mail:

Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:

    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Research statement including previous and planned research (up to 2 pages)
    • Extension statement (up to 2 pages)
    • Diversity and inclusion statement (1 page)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts

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 .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. 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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