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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 - A position for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRA) 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 a Horticultural Science Root Biologist.

The PRA 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 a PhD 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, 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.

Advertised Salary: $ 47,476.00/yr

Minimum Requirements: A PhD in Horticultural Sciences, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology or Soil Science with experience in horticultural crops production and superior verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Expertise in root biology, HLB disease and soil health in citrus cropping systems.

Special Instructions to Applicants: The appointment is initially for 12 months. Extension will depend upon performance and the availability of additional funding. The start date is July 15, 2018.
Posted 6/14/2018

Staff: No open positions at this time


Assistantships:

Spring 2019 Masters Graduate Assistantship in Citrus Horticulture - A masters 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.

Indian River (IR) growers are intensely demanding grapefruit selections that will sustain the social, economic, and cultural importance of high-quality grapefruit and other fresh fruit to meet domestic and foreign market demands in light of the devastating effects of huanglongbing (HLB) to the citrus industry. Scion and rootstock variety trials will identify selections for profitable production of fresh citrus fruit in the IR. Rootstocks are important in the plant-HLB complex due to their influence on scion development, yet UFR rootstock effect on tree growth, disease and pest tolerance, and fresh fruit quality is currently unknown for the IR district. Moreover, UFR rootstocks have not been tested with grapefruit and fresh fruit trees in a comprehensive trial in flatwood soils infested with Diaprepes root weevil. We are proposing four studies over three years that will evaluate numerous grapefruit scions and multiple rootstock trials on ‘Ray Ruby’ grapefruit, ‘56-11’ navel, and ‘UF-950’ mandarin. The project objectives are (i) assess performance of new grapefruit scions and rootstocks under HLB endemic conditions in the IR and (ii) evaluate the influence of UFR rootstocks on grapefruit, navel, and mandarin scions in the IR in comparison to legacy and new alternatives. Tree size, canopy volume, blooming period, pest and disease incidence including HLB presence/ratings, canopy thickness, canopy color, leaf and soil macro- and micronutrient concentrations, yield, and fruit quality will be measured. Grove establishment and maintenance requirements and costs will be determined. To confront the HLB dilemma, our study will provide new tree selection options to IR growers. The discovery of HLB-tolerant and high yielding selections would be a game changer for the citrus industry. Tolerant scions on a rootstock that perform well in the IR district will allow the fresh fruit citrus industry to rebuild. Large-scale, comprehensive evaluation of HLB-tolerant selections depends on long-term data.

The candidate is expected to have a Bachelor’s degree and hands-on experience in horticulture, plant science, agronomy, biological and agricultural engineering or a closely related discipline. The position requires strong interpersonal skills for a team-oriented horticulture program. Valued skills include excellent written and verbal communication and creative thinking. The candidate will work in the laboratory, greenhouse and field. Field work will involve periods of working under uncomfortable conditions.

Prospective applicants should contact Dr. Rhuanito Soranz Ferrarezi (rferrarezi@ufl.edu) directly with ‘Spring 2019 Masters 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. Please do not hesitate in contacting if you have any questions.

All applicants are required 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.

PhD position in Tomato Genetics - Applications are invited for a PhD position at the University of Florida (UF) in tomato genetics. The PhD student will lead and participate in research projects focusing on tomato genetics and its application in solving challenging problems in tomato production. A multidisciplinary team (genomics, bioinformatics, tomato breeding, and plant physiology) at the UF/Horticultural Sciences Department and Gulf Coast Research and Education Center will oversee projects.

To apply, send a cover letter, a full curriculum vitae, and email addresses for three references, in portable document format file(s) to Dr. Tong Geon Lee (tonggeonlee@ufl.edu). Dr. Lee mentors graduate students under Horticultural Sciences Department. Applicants will subsequently need to formally apply to the University of Florida for admission into appropriate departments. An anticipated enrollment is spring 2019.

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


Part Time: No open positions at this time