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Here you’ll find listings for faculty, post-doctoral, staff and graduate assistantship positions. Whether you are looking for a faculty position, post-doctoral, staff or part-time position, the Horticultural Sciences Department offers a supportive place for professionals.  Our faculty are world renowned, our graduate assistants have the opportunity to work in a host of research programs and our staff is dedicated to serving the department and our faculty. Come join us today!

The Horticultural Sciences Department and the University of Florida are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Careers within the Horticultural Sciences Department can be found here for Faculty positionsPost Doctoral positionsStaff positionsAssistantships, and Part Time positions.

Positions beyond the Horticultual Sciences Department can be found here.

Faculty: No open positions at this time


Post Doctoral: 

Post Doctoral Research Associate - Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Citrus Research and Education Center. The position will conduct research in citrus physiology in the Horticultural Sciences department at the University of Florida. The objective of this project is to manage citrus vegetative phenology to improve insect pest management. Please click here to see the official position description.

Posted July 27, 2017.

Staff: No open positions at this time


Assistantships:

Graduate Student in Root Biology - A new position for an MSc or PhD student is available in Dr. Lorenzo Rossi’s plant root biology laboratory. The position will be affiliated with the University of Florida Department of Horticultural Sciences. Research will be conducted at UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) located in Fort Pierce, Florida. Dr Rossi joined UF/IFAS at IRREC in early 2018, as the center’s first Horticultural Science Root Biologist.  Dr. Rossi is known for his successful research experiments with fruit crop trees in Italy, North Carolina, and in Texas, where he evaluated genetic and environmental stresses on roots. His work with Florida citrus trees focuses on the roots, the first part of the tree to show symptoms of huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening infection. The accepted graduate student of root biology will conduct research on HLB-affected citrus tree roots. Research projects will include (1) growing citrus trees in greenhouse, (2) root system architecture analysis and (3) anatomical, physiological and molecular characterization of HLB infected roots. The candidate is expected to work in the laboratory as well as in the greenhouse and in the field. Strong interpersonal skills are required for a team-oriented root biology program. Candidates with a strong background and hands-on experience (preferred) in plant biology, botany, and molecular biology are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have completed at least a BSc degree in a plant science related area (agronomy, plant biology, horticulture, soil and water sciences). Interested candidates for this position are encouraged to send an application, including a cover letter (maximum 2 pages with statement of interest), a curriculum vitae, a copy of transcripts, GRE scores (TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants), and the names of three references to Dr. Lorenzo Rossi (l.rossi@ufl.edu). The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant and Sea-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 60,000 students

PhD Assistantship Available January 2018 – Passionfruit breeding - Passionfruit (Passiflora spp.) production in southern Florida is worth $1.1-1.5M annually and is poised to expand, but is hindered by the lack of a formal germplasm trialing and improvement program. Passiflora species are valued for their aromatic, tropical fruits and beautiful flowers. The Florida passionfruit industry is primarily composed of ‘Possum Purple’, a hybrid between purple (Passiflora edulis f. edulis) and yellow (P. edulis f. flavicarpa) passionfruit types. This hybrid produces fruit with acceptable quality, but vines die from soil-borne pathogens anywhere from 3 months to 3 years after planting. Thus, most vines die too early to realize their full economic potential, and this leads to increased grower costs. In contrast, international commercial plantings can maintain productivity for 6-7 years before plant decline. Still, domestic production is favored due to increased air shipping costs and import restrictions on most passionfruit-producing countries. Further, while there is great potential for domestic passionfruit production, systematic breeding using modern phenotyping and genotyping methods is lacking in general. This proposal seeks to establish a modern passionfruit breeding program that is capable of responding to current and future industry needs and challenges both domestic and international.

This position will provide broad horticultural and applied plant breeding training.  Close interaction with growers will be expected.  Stipend is $22,000 per year and includes tuition, fees and research budget for four years pending satisfactory job performance evaluations.  This position is located at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida, USA.  Please contact Dr. Alan H. Chambers ac@ufl.edu with brief cover letter and CV if interested. 

Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Horticultural Sciences - The University of Florida, Horticultural Sciences Department is seeking applicants for a Ph.D. student. The student will join research efforts focused on low-chill stone fruit (peaches) research and extension on the main campus, Gainesville, FL with direct interaction with peach growers in the state of Florida. An assistantship including a competitive stipend and tuition waiver is available. The student will participate in the research projects currently part of the low-chill stone program. These projects include improving productivity and profitability of low-chill stone fruit production in the state of Florida, e.g., improving peach fruit quality.

Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Ali Sarkhosh (sarkhosha@ufl.edu) directly with ‘Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship’ in the subject line along with the following information: 1) statement of interest, 2) resume, 3) GRE score (plus TOEFL if applicable), 4) unofficial transcripts, and 5) the names of three references. The students will be expected to collaborate directly on research and extension publications. The students will be expected to complete class work, conduct research, and assist with other ongoing research projects in fruit crops.

Candidates with a Master degree and a background/hands-on experience in pomology, horticulture, plant science, agronomy, or closely related field are encouraged to apply. 

MS Graduate Research Assistantship - A MS level graduate research assistantship is currently available in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. The focus of the project will be weed management and herbicide persistence in horticulture production systems. Research may involve lab, greenhouse, and field studies characterizing herbicide persistence, transport and their effect(s) on citrus and vegetable crops. An ideal candidate will be a highly motivated student who demonstrates the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team and ability to conduct independent research. The student is expected to publish findings in peer-reviewed journals and present results at meetings.

Students with undergraduate education or background in weed science, soil science, environmental science, horticulture, agronomy, or other relevant courses of study are encouraged to apply. Strong analytical skills and effective written and oral communication skills are strongly desired. Hands-on experience/background in analytical techniques like HPLC, GC-MS or LC-MS is beneficial but not required.

The research will be conducted at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Ramdas Kanissery (rkanissery@ufl.edu) with a curriculum vitae, GRE score (TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants), transcripts and contact information for three references. 
Posted June 21, 2017.

Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Vegetable Breeding, Genetics and Genomics -A Ph.D. assistantship is available from Summer/ Fall 2017 in vegetable breeding, genetics and genomics in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. Research will focus on the development of genomic resources for molecular breeding of important traits in cucurbits and snap bean. Potential projects include QTL mapping and validation, marker-assisted selection, and cloning of candidate genes. Research will be conducted at the Tropical Research and Extension Center, Homestead, FL (about 30 miles South of Miami). Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Geoffrey Meru (gmeru@ufl.edu) with a statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, GRE (TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants), copy of transcripts, and GPA scores. Candidates with a background/ hand-on experience in plant genetics, genomics, and breeding are encouraged to apply. 
Posted February 28, 2017

Fall 2017 Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Citrus Horticulture - A doctoral assistantship position is available at University of Florida/IFAS, Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) in Fort Pierce, FL. The IRREC is located in the grapefruit premier area in Florida and provides a unique opportunity to combine scientific research with the industry demands. The research will integrate irrigation and fertilization management using sensor-based automation and low-cost open-source microcontrollers and cultural practices to extend plant health under HLB. The research can target one or more production systems: citrus nursery seedlings production using subirrigation, Citrus Undercover Production Systems, nutritional cocktail studies in grapefruit and sweet orange, and Open Hydroponics System. 

The candidate will work in the laboratory, greenhouse and field. Field and greenhouse work will involve periods of working under uncomfortable conditions.The candidate is expected to have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in horticulture, agronomy, biological and agricultural engineering or a related discipline, integrating both horticulture and applied engineering. The position requires strong interpersonal skills for a team-oriented horticulture program. Valued skills include excellent written and verbal communication and creative thinking. Knowledge of basic electronics and computer programming is a plus.

Interested candidates for this position are encouraged to send applications to the Horticultural Sciences Department (http://hos.ufl.edu/graduate-programs/admissions) including a cover letter (maximum 2 pages with statement of intent), curriculum vitae, copy of transcripts, GRE scores (TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants), and the names of three referees. Please do not hesitate in contacting Dr. Rhuanito Soranz Ferrarezi (rferrarezi@ufl.edu) if you have any questions.

The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant and Sea-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 60,000 students. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant program (http://www.flseagrant.org), and encompasses 17 on-campus academic departments and schools, 13 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain).

Posted February 3, 2017.

Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Strawberry Molecular Genetics/Genomics - A doctoral assistantship position is available from Fall semester 2017 in the UF/IFAS strawberry molecular genetics and genomics program, Horticultural Science Department. Researches will be conducted at Strawberry Molecular Genetics and Genomics Lab, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma, which is 28 miles away from Tampa, FL. Research projects will be including (1) molecular genetics and genomics of disease resistance, (2) trait discovery, fine-mapping, and cloning genes for developing superior cultivars, (2) gene editing and transformation in the octoploid strawberry. The candidate is expected to work in the laboratory as well as greenhouse and field, and requires strong interpersonal skills for a team oriented breeding program.

Candidates with a strong background and hand-on experience (preferred) on plant molecular genetics, genomics, and breeding in crops are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a M.S. degree in research areas of plant science and biology. Interested candidates for this position are encouraged to send applications including a cover letter (maximum 2 pages with statement of intent), curriculum vita, copy of transcripts, GRE scores (TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants), and the names of three referees to Dr. Seonghee Lee (seonghee105@ufl.edu). Please click here to see the official position description.
Posted November 17, 2016

Doctoral assistantship in citrus physiology - Doctoral assistantship available to work on citrus physiology. A doctoral research assistantship is available for research in citrus physiology in the Horticultural Sciences department at the University of Florida. Potentiald projects include field and laboratory studies of citrus environmental physiology and abiotic stress interactions with disease development. The selected candidate is expected to have a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in horticulture, agronomy, plant biology, or a related discipline, and an interest in both plant biology and horticultural production. Valued skills include clear writing skills and statistical analysis. Experience with field work and/or lab work are also plusses. The ecophysiology lab at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida, uses whole-plant approaches to address challenges in horticultural productivity. The purpose of this program is to serve Florida perennial fruit crop producers with production methods and biological understanding to improve in the traditional citrus region. Examples of research topic include: How citrus shade acclimation and wateracclimation mitigate whole plant carbon allocation, water relations, and tolerance of Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus, the causal agent of greening. If interested please send CV and a sample of writing (preferably from a peer-reviewed publication) to Christopher Vincent at civince@ufl.edu . Click here to see the official position description.
Posted  July 25, 2016.

Doctoral assistantship in plant physiology - A doctoral assistantship position is available in the Plant Physiology program of the Horticultural Sciences department at the University of Florida/IFAS, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee. Research will focus but is not limited to studying the interactions of rootstock and scion in citrus, especially as it relates to stress and disease resistance. The candidate will use a variety of methodologies to decipher the underlying anatomical, physiological, and molecular mechanisms of interactions. Methodologies include different microscopic techniques, HPLC and/or GC, and real-time PCR. The candidate is expected to work in the laboratory as well as in the greenhouse and in the field. Field and greenhouse work will involve periods of working under uncomfortable conditions. A Master’s degree in horticulture, plant biology/physiology or a related discipline and a desire to serve the agricultural industry is preferred.  The SWFREC is located in the in the heart of citrus and vegetable production in Florida and provides a unique opportunity to combine scientific research with the needs of the industry. Interested candidates should send CV and cover letter to Dr. Ute Albrecht (ualbrecht@ufl.edu).

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