Postdoctoral Research Associate in Advanced Modeling and Simulation Applied to Food Loss and Waste

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Sep 15, 2023

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Postdoc Aso

Job Description:

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Job Description: The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position as part of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) project titled “Integrated Food Waste Measurement and Predictions Supported by Agent-Based Models (IFWASTE)”

The successful candidate will be at the forefront of applying advanced modeling and simulation tools, with a particular focus on agent-based modeling, to the assessment of food loss and waste at the household level. This project is aimed at building and refining advanced simulations to assess the multifaceted complexities of food loss and waste systems. The hired postdoctoral researcher will work in an interdisciplinary team of engineers, social scientists, implementation partners such as City of Gainesville, Alachua County, and Sarasota Extension office and help coordinate the project efforts.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Development of agent-based models and advanced simulations to assess food loss and waste.
  2. Collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to integrate these models into larger system analyses.
  3. Publishing research findings in high-quality academic journals and presenting results at international conferences.
  4. Mentoring graduate students and contributing to grant proposal writing.
  5. Contribution to the project management and organizing the project team.

Salary: This is a full-time, grant-funded, 18-month position with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability. Salary is competitive and includes a benefits package.

For further inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Ziynet Boz, or Dr. Greg Kiker

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:
  1. PhD (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Systems Science, Computer Science, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, Economics, or a closely related field.
  2. Expertise in agent-based modeling and advanced simulation tools.
  3. Experience in analyzing complex systems, with a preference for research related to food loss and waste.
  4. Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, Java, or R.
  5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to publish research findings.
  6. Ability to work in a collaborative research environment and coordinate the project teams and ensure the milestones are met
  7. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to UF core values of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship.
Preferred Qualifications:

Interest and expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science is a plus.

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 research interests and experience
    • 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. 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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