Research Assistant Scientist

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 30, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Biology & Life Sciences, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology
Employment Type
Full Time

Classification Title:

Res Ast Sctst

Job Description:

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment of inclusive excellence that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Inclusive excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. 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-tenure position that will be 100% research available in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The principal duties and responsibilities assigned to this position are: Recommend and implement strategy and tactics for research programs related to restoration of the Everglades and the ecology of South Florida; Develop, direct, and participate in research projects with an emphasis on large reptile ecology; Prepare and review manuscripts for publication in refereed science journals, as well as presentations for scientific meetings; Develop methods and techniques for, and evaluate results of experiments and scientific studies; Serve as principal investigator on research projects and seek extramural funding; and Serve as liaison with government and industry representatives.

Background Information :

The Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is a unit in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida and has diverse teaching, research, and extension education programs with 18 faculty members and over 20 support personnel on the Davie campus. The urban setting of this Center is located about 27 miles north of Miami. Faculty members belong to six academic departments and a school (Agronomy, Entomology and Nematology, Environmental Horticulture, Microbiology and Cell Science, Plant Pathology, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, and Forest Resources and Conservation (Geomatics)). Research programs at FLREC address aquatic plant management, entomology, microbiology, environmental horticulture, palm production and maintenance, geomatics, plant pathology, wildlife ecology & conservation, and turfgrass science.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

Required :

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Biological Sciences or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, and interpersonal relationships. Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working with large reptiles. Candidates must have a working knowledge of field and quantitative conservation techniques for crocodylians and management techniques for large reptiles in South Florida, Latin American, and the Caribbean. 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 Qualifications:

Preferred :

Demonstrated experience working with international Federal, State, and local agencies, indigenous, and nongovernmental organizations on issues of invasive species management. Ability to operate motorboats, airboats, ATVs, and 4WD vehicles is desirable. Knowledge of ArcGIS and RStudio beneficial.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 31 July 2022. 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 # 522668

Melissa Miller

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

3205 College Ave

Davie, FL 33314

Telephone: 954-577-6405

Facsimile: 954-475-4125

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
    • 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) .

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.

Health Assessment Required: No

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