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Assistant Professor – Geomatics/Geodesy

Classification Title:

Ast Prof

Job Description:

This position was previously posted in Interfolio (requisition # 81858). Previous applicants are not required to re-apply.

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 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 50% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences - CALS) and 50% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) available in the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, 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 School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences. Duties will include developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Geodesy and/or other Geomatics courses such as Geodetic Positioning and GPS-INS Integration using the latest technologies and approaches for engaged learning, including online modalities. Faculty members are expected to participate in service activities at the program, school, college, and university levels as well as serve their discipline through engagement in professional societies and through manuscript and proposal review, and editorial activities. The faculty member will participate actively 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 their graduate students. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program. The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in their program area.

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 the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, 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.

Background Information:

The Geomatics program in the SFFGS is the oldest and largest ABET-accredited Geomatics program in Florida. It is also one of the few programs in the U.S. that offers Geomatics-related degrees at the master’s and Ph.D. levels. The Program is housed at the main campus in Gainesville, the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (FLREC), and the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Plant City. The program enjoys tremendous support from the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS) in terms of monetary donations, advice and guidance, and political support. Demand for graduates of the program is exceptionally strong in Florida and elsewhere.

The School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences (SFFGS) has teaching, research, and extension education programs in three broad areas: Geomatics; Forest Resources and Conservation; and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. The SFFGS has 60 faculty members, 60 administrative and programmatic staff, 250 graduate students, and 350 undergraduate students. The School offers bachelor’s degrees in Geomatics, Forest Resources and Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation, and Marine Sciences; thesis and non-thesis master’s degrees in all focal areas, including a number of innovative distance education master’s programs; and Ph.D. degrees in all focal areas.

The School is committed to supporting work-life balance, and creating an environment that promotes and supports a more diverse and welcoming faculty, student body, and overall workforce within the School. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, cooperative extension/outreach, mentoring, and professional service.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Geodesy, Surveying, Geomatics, or closely related discipline (e.g., Physics or Engineering) is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in teaching and research in geodesy, verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, procurement of extramural funding, and forming and working in partnership with industry, agencies, and organizations. Examples of demonstrating these skills include but are not limited to number and quality of, and feedback resulting from: courses instructed; presentations; workshops administered; papers/articles published; and research projects in which the candidate led or participated. 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:

Postdoctoral experience, experience with online teaching, and knowledge of ABET accreditation procedures is desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position was previously posted in Interfolio (requisition # 81858). Previous applicants are not required to re-apply.

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by December 31, 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 # 81858

Ben Wilkinson

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences

PO Box 110565

Gainesville, FL 32611-0565

Telephone: 352-392-3465

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
  • Full curriculum vitae
  • Statements of:
    • Teaching and/or mentoring philosophies (or teaching portfolio if applicable)
    • Research (including two samples of publications)
    • Commitment to diversity (knowledge, track record, and plans for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion)
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for 4 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation who can speak to applicant’s teaching, research, mentoring, and outreach experience
  • 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 .

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.

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