Postdoctoral Research Associate – Soil Health

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Mar 19, 2023

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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The University of Florida (UF) Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Laboratory is looking to hire a postdoctoral associate who will provide overall leadership and direction in the field of Soil Heath and Sustainability within the state of Florida. This is a grant funded two-year position what will be based out of the UF Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC), in Belle Glade, Florida. The candidate will work closely with a team of graduate students, lab manager, and multiple collaborative farm managers on topics related to soil health, water quality and nutrient management. Research related to regenerative farming practices, cover crops, best management practices, and nutrient use efficiency are some of the topics that will be investigated. Periodic assessment of soil, water, and plant tissue samples using EPA standard procedures will be followed. The candidate will be expected to travel, collect soil, water, and plant tissue samples, follow lab protocols for measuring nutrients and soil health properties, data acquisition and ultimately publish the results in scientific journals. The candidate will also be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students and expected to present her/his research at national and state meetings. Prior experience in the field of soil health, and regenerative farming is a plus, including wet chemistry, and working with specialized instrumentation such as ICP-OES, discrete analyzer, wet and dry combustion C/N analyzer.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

A doctoral degree (PhD) (foreign equivalent acceptable), in the field of soil science, agronomy, crop science or related fields is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication and interpersonal relationships. 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:

Experience working with soil health benefits of cover cropping and regenerative farming, field and lab-based soil health assessment, develop soil health indicators. Experience driving field truck and work outdoors.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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

Contact Dr. Jehangir Bhadha for more information: [email protected]

  • 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.

Health Assessment Required: No