Extension Assistant Scientist (76810)

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

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.

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) or visit Accessibility at UF .

This is a 12-month non-tenured position that will be 100% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office (PIO) at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will predominantly focus on providing virtual and in-person training to enhance pesticide knowledge and safety for the end-user. This will require developing creative and innovative materials (presentations, video, extension publications, etc.) and being available to assist county extension faculty who are programmatically engaged with pesticide safety programs. This individual will also be expected to coordinate with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to provide training for pesticide license certification and recertification for current license holders. The incumbent is expected to work closely and collaboratively with other members of the PIO to assist with the development of training materials.

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 specified in the position description. Therefore, the successful candidate will also be expected to guest lecture on occasion and serve on graduate student committees, though chairing graduate committees is optional. The incumbent will also be required to author or co-author peer reviewed publications in addition to obtaining grant funding to support the overall mission of the Pesticide Information Office. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct applied research that will enhance the understanding of this field and improve the educational experience of our primary stakeholders. However, duties may be modified in accordance with the needs of the unit.

Required :

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable), or M.S. degree with significant (minimum of 10 years) experience, in Agronomy, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, or related discipline. 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.

Preferred :

Ph.D. with an emphasis on pest management, pesticide application, and/or general pesticide education/use is preferred.

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by August 16, 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 # 76810

Dr. Brett Bultemeier

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Pesticide Information Office

7922 NW 71st Street

Gainesville , FL 32653

Telephone: 352-294-6941

Facsimile: 352-392-3462

Electronic Mail: bwbult@ufl.edu

Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/89879 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 three 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) .

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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