Research Assistant Scientist

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Mar 18, 2023

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 100% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The principal duties and responsibilities assigned to this position will include conducting research, extension and education programs on decision support and crop modeling in agriculture with an emphasis on sustainable food systems in developing countries. The incumbent will be responsible for developing and testing new crop models and tools and to apply these advanced tools to asses crop production, water and nutrient management, climatic risk and environmental sustainability at different temporal and spatial scales. He/she will coordinate activities and work in interdisciplinary teams of scientists in ABE, the Global Food Systems Institute (GFSI), the DSSAT Foundation, and others as appropriate who are at UF or one of the collaborative universities and institutions of these programs. This position is renewable pending grant and contract funds secured by the incumbent and other contributors to ABE or GFSI.

Background Information:

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department is a unit in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida and has diverse teaching, research, and extension education programs. The Department is comprised of 35 faculty members located on the Gainesville campus, 5 faculty located across the state at research and education centers, and 20 support personnel (see website, and consistently ranks in the top 10 Agricultural and Biological Engineering programs nationwide. Instilling excellence in research, leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship are ABE's highest priorities. At ABE, the candidate will join a dynamic, cross-disciplinary group of researchers, and will enjoy broad opportunities for collaborations with existing teams, including those studying biofilm systems and biosensors, biofuels, coupled natural and human ecosystems, nanotechnology and nanomaterials, climate variability and change, crop modeling, hydrology and water quality.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Agronomy, Agricultural Engineering, or a closely related field. We seek an interdisciplinary scientist with advanced agronomy and crop modeling knowledge for assessment of sustainability, uncertainty, and risk of food systems. The applicant should have a strong background in crop modeling and decision support systems in order to be able to model and analyze complex agricultural systems. The applicant should also have practical experience with agricultural systems in developing countries. A minimum of three years of experience applied in areas of crop modeling, decision support systems, geospatial analysis, GIS, and agrometeorology is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. 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:

Familiarity with a suite of crop modeling software, especially the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) and Pythia-DSSAT, GIS and remote sensing platforms, programming languages, and gridded datasets is preferred. Postdoctoral experience in the development and application of crop models and decision support systems at both domestic and international scales is strongly desired. Experience in collaboration with international scientists and agencies would be an added benefit.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by April 16, 2023. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


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 # 00039521

Gerrit Hoogenboom

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Agricultural & Biological Engineering

1741 Museum Road

Gainesville, FL 32611

Telephone: 352.294.1036

Facsimile: 352.392.4092

Electronic Mail: [email protected]

Application Information

  • 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 three (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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