Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Sep 14, 2022

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Postdoc Aso

Job Description:

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A one-year postdoctoral position is available at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) to study nutrient cycling, soil health, and water management in vegetable production systems, working on two projects.

  1. The research associate will compile and analyze data from a 2-year project funded by a Southern SARE grant, in addition to writing several research manuscripts. This work focuses on nutrient and water management in mixed organic vegetable systems. Although some sample processing in the lab might be needed, field activities for this project will be completed and the main focus will be on data analysis and writing. This is a collaboration with Dr. Eban Bean (Agricultural & Biological Engineering).
  2. The research associate will help launch a new project as part of a USDA grant focusing on the effects of regenerative management on nutrient cycling and soil health in systems that are transitioning to organic agriculture. Work for this project will mostly consist in experimental design and setup, field sampling, sample processing in the lab, and preliminary data analysis.

The postdoctoral research associate should have the ability to work effectively in both field and lab settings, lead data analysis and writing activities, play an important leadership role in inter-disciplinary projects, and help organize and participate in extension activities.


  • Analyze and interpret data using appropriate statistical methods
  • Prepare and submit manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Implement experiments and collect samples, in a hot and humid environment
  • Process experimental samples, including in the laboratory
  • Review relevant literature
  • Work and coordinate with other team members, from undergraduate interns to co-PIs
Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:
  • PhD in biology, soil science, agricultural sciences (e.g., Agronomy, Horticulture)
  • Expertise and experience in nutrient cycling and soil health
  • Experience and ease working with R to analyze and visualize data
  • Effective scientific writing and publication in English
Preferred Qualifications:

Expertise in water management; proficiency with R to conduct statistical analyses and plot figures; experience with manuscript writing and publication.

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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