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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:

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).

Please contact individual faculty members for Graduate Assistantship openings


Part Time: No open positions at this time