Postdoctoral Associate

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Aug 9, 2022

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Postdoc Aso

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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An 18-month postdoctoral fellowship position is available at the University of Florida (at the main campus in Gainesville, Florida) to study the fate of PFAS during wastewater treatment. This postdoctoral fellow will be based in the Soil Chemistry lab and advised by Dr. Jonathan Judy in the Soil, Water and Ecosystem Sciences department.

This position will be initially linked to an EPA STAR grant before transitioning to work supported by industry/utility funds investigating similar research questions. This work will mainly focus on the partitioning of PFAS during wastewater treatment and their potential impact on the beneficial reuse of waste residuals such as drinking water treatment residuals and biosolids. The successful candidate will work primarily in the lab, though some domestic travel to utilities/wastewater treatment plants may be required. The successful candidate will ideally have expertise in environmental science, organic contaminants (ideally specifically PFAS) and statistical analysis.

Duties/responsibilities of the successful candidate will include:

  • Literature review and manuscript drafting
  • Materials characterization
  • Extraction of relevant matrices for PFAS determination
  • Experimental design
  • Method development
  • Managing lab staff

Start Date: Ideally 12/1/2022; must be before 1/31/2023

Expected Salary:


Minimum Requirements:
  • PhD in soil science, chemistry, environmental science, environmental engineering or related field
  • Experience in R or SAS for statistical analysis
  • Effective scientific writing skills
  • Expertise in lab methodology for investigation of research questions related to organic and/or inorganic contaminants in an environmental science context

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:
  • Well-developed interpersonal/working with people skills
  • Experience with grant and manuscript writing
Special Instructions to Applicants:

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

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to Careers at UF 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

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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