Research Assistant Scientist

 
  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Aug 4, 2022

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Res Ast Sctst

Job Description:

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment of inclusive excellence that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Inclusive excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. 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.

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This is a 12-month non-tenure-accruing position that will be 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 40% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Food and Resource Economics Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include research related to citrus marketing and economics. Specifically duties include collecting primary data for research, writing research output including journal articles, and preparing and presenting research at professional and industry meetings. The faculty member will work closely with the Florida Department of Citrus to identify specific research questions. 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.

This is a non-tenure accruing position. However, the faculty member may participate actively in graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, and publishing the results with their graduate students. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their salary and program.

Background Information:

The Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED) has approximately 30 faculty members, 10 support staff positions in Gainesville, and six faculty members and support staff spread across 5 research and education centers throughout the state. FRED faculty teach a wide variety of courses, from agribusiness marketing, to natural resource/environmental economics, to welfare economics and trade theory. FRED averages ~ 250 undergraduate majors/year, and 60-80 M.S., Ph.D. and Master of Agribusiness students. Research and Extension efforts reflect both the needs of the State and the mission of the Agricultural Economics profession.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

An earned Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in agricultural economics or a related field is required. Other requirements include:

· Demonstrated research ability in the area of citrus marketing;

· Excellent quantitative skills in econometrics;

· Experience with collecting primary data from consumers;

· Strong skills in commonly used econometric packages.

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:

Candidates with research experience in citrus economics and survey administration are preferred. Postdoctoral experience is desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Nominations

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 # 523165

Dr. Zhifeng Gao

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Food and Resource Economics Department

PO Box 110240

Gainesville, FL 32611

Telephone: 352 294-7672

Electronic Mail: [email protected]

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/523165 and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts

Selected candidate will be required to provide an 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).

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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