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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 Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, FL. The link to apply is http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/498865/post-doctoral-research-associate

Job Description:

Post Doctoral Associate in the Vegetable Horticulture department of the IFAS/Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, FL.  The  focus of this appointment is in sustainable vegetable production

Advertised Salary:

Salary Commensurate with experience  

Minimum Requirements:

PhD degree in Horticulture (Vegetable production), Soil and Environmental Sciences or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

PhD degree in Horticulture (Vegetable production), Soil and Environmental Sciences or related field.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach letter of interest, current C.V., statement of research goals, names and contact information for three or more references, and copies of all transcripts. 

Health Assessment Required:

No

Advertised: 23 Sep 2016 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 24 Oct 2016 Eastern Standard Time
Posted September 27, 2016


Staff: No open positions at this time


Assistantships:

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.

Master Graduate Assistantship in Lettuce Breeding and Genetics - A Master of Science Assistantship is available at the Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC) through the Horticultural Sciences Department. The EREC is located at the city of Belle Glade which is approximately 30 miles west of the city of West Palm Beach; other surrounding cities are Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, and Loxahatchee. The EREC is situated in a rich organic soil at the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) just south of the Lake Okechobee. The center has housing for student interns, undergraduate and graduate students. The faculty that comprise the EREC belong to different departments of the College of Agriculture giving to the research environment a unique mix of different expertise such as agronomists, plant pathologists, entomologists, weed, soil and water scientists and plant breeding. The student selected for this assistantship will be trained in breeding and genetics of lettuce, improving crisphead, cos, butterheads and leaf lettuce cultivars for Florida production. She/He will get experience in plant breeding, plant pathology, entomology and/or soil and water sciences. There are several topics to be investigated at the Lettuce Breeding and Genetics Program of UF.

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).

Interested candidates for this position are encouraged to send applications 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 to Dr. German Sandoya (gsandoyamiranda@ufl.edu). 

Masters Assistantship in Tropical Fruit Biotechnology and Breeding – A Masters position is available starting Summer/Fall 2017 at the Tropical Research and Extension Center (TREC) in Homestead, Florida (just south of Miami). The objective of the project is to establish tools for rapid cycle breeding in tropical fruit trees.  This assistantship will provide training in molecular biology, tissue culture, plant transformation, sequence analysis, and plant breeding. Previous molecular biology experience is desirable. Both lab- and field-based activities complement holistic training in plant improvement. Multiple species are available for study including mango, avocado, banana, and/or other tropical species grown commercially in southern Florida. This assistantship is full time and includes a graduate stipend. The successful candidate will be required to take courses on the main campus in Gainesville and then relocate to Homestead to complete research activities. 

Interested applicants should send a concise CV and cover letter to Dr. Alan Chambers (ac@ufl.edu).

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 include, but is not limited to, the effects of beneficial bacteria and fungi and other biotic or abiotic amendments, on crop productivity and stress and disease tolerance, and the exploration of the underlying physiological and molecular mechanisms of these effects. The candidate is expected to work in the laboratory as well as in the greenhouse and field. Field and greenhouse work will involve periods of working under uncomfortable conditions. Research focus will be on citrus production in conjunction with the HLB (Huanglongbing) disease complex, but may also include vegetable production systems. Laboratory experimentation will include enzymatic/spectrophotometric and molecular techniques such as real-time PCR analysis. 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).
Posted October 3, 2016.

Please contact individual faculty members for Graduate Assistantship openings


Part Time: No open positions at this time