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[Arabidopsis] Plant Genomics Position

Folta, Kevin M. via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by kfolta from ufl.edu)
Mon Jul 18 20:30:25 EST 2016


Hi Everybody,


There's a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position open at the University=
 of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in strawberry genomi=
cs.  This is a modern, beautiful facility outside of Tampa, FL.  The offici=
al appointment will be in the Horticultural Sciences Department where I'm t=
he Chair.


Technically, the position closed on Friday. However, there are too few appl=
icants in my opinion.  This is a great opportunity for you to translate wha=
t you know from models to a relevant crop, and representative of a multi-bi=
llion dollar industry.


Here are the details.  Don't delay.  Contact me if you have questions kfolt=
a from ufl.edu.  Do it.  Good luck.





POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT # 00013774

REQUISITION # 497569



Title:                           Assistant Professor =96 Strawberry Molecul=
ar Breeding



Location:                    Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Wimauma, Florida



Salary:                        Commensurate with Qualifications and Experie=
nce



Review Date:             For full consideration, candidates should apply an=
d submit additional materials by July 15, 2016 EXTENDED DEADLINE=97APPLY AS=
AP.  The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined.



Duties and Responsibilities

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position with an 80% research (Florida A=
gricultural Experiment Station) and 20% extension (Florida Cooperative Exte=
nsion Service) appointment, available at the Gulf Coast Research and Educat=
ion Center (GCREC), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the Uni=
versity of Florida.  This assignment may change in accordance with the need=
s of the unit. Tenure will accrue in the University of Florida, Horticultur=
al Sciences Department. The appointee will develop a nationally recognized =
strawberry molecular genetics and genomics program that contributes to the =
improvement of traits of importance to the Florida strawberry industry. The=
 successful candidate will be an integral team member of the UF strawberry =
breeding program, developing tools and strategies to further the developmen=
t and release of strawberry cultivars. The appointee will also be an active=
 member of an interdisciplinary statewide team of other research and extens=
ion personnel that includes horticulturalists, plant pathologists, entomolo=
gists, nematologists, weed scientists, food scientists and county extension=
 agents whose goal is to enhance and sustain the strawberry industry in Flo=
rida.  The appointee will develop a strong extramurally-funded research pro=
gram that leads to publishing in peer-reviewed journals, as well as an exte=
nsion program that assists with the training of extension agents and commer=
cial growers through development of relevant extension programs, informal o=
utreach, and the development of printed and electronic extension materials.=
 The successful candidate will participate actively in graduate education b=
y chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and disse=
rtation research and publishing research and extension materials with gradu=
ate students. In addition to the Horticultural Sciences Department, the app=
ointee would be encouraged to be an active member of the Plant Molecular an=
d Cellular Biology Program (http://pmcb.ifas.ufl.edu<http://pmcb.ifas.ufl.e=
du/>), which offers a unique interdisciplinary graduate degree program cons=
isting of 45 faculty members from three colleges and eight departments with=
in the University of Florida.



Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supp=
ortive of and engaged in all three mission areas=97Research, Teaching and E=
xtension=97regardless of the assignment split specified in the position des=
cription.



Qualifications

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in plant-based molecular geneti=
cs, genomics, or a closely related discipline is required. Postdoctoral exp=
erience with research and extension duties relevant to this position, espec=
ially working in concert with applied plant breeders, is desirable. Researc=
h experience with strawberry or other polyploid fruit crops and with diseas=
e resistance traits is also highly desirable. Candidates should possess dem=
onstrated skills in verbal and written communication, working cooperatively=
 with others, and acquiring extramural funding. Candidates must be supporti=
ve of the mission of the Land-Grant system and be committed to IFAS' core v=
alues of excellence, diversity, global involvement and accountability.



Background Information:

The Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (http://gcrec.ifas.ufl.edu/ ) =
has diverse research, extension and teaching programs with 20 faculty membe=
rs located at Balm (mailing address Wimauma) and Plant City teaching progra=
m, with specialization in economics, geomatics, horticulture, pest manageme=
nt, plant breeding, and resource management.  GCREC is a modern research an=
d education facility that includes offices and laboratories, 15 greenhouses=
, approximately 500 acres of field operations, and housing for up to 16 res=
ident graduate students.



The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, =
and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and profes=
sional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students.  UF is=
 a member of The Association of American Universities.  The Institute of Fo=
od and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of =
Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultu=
ral Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperat=
ive Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veter=
inary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant program (=
http://www.flseagrant.org/ ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departm=
ents and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located through=
out the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or=
 academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in=
 all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain).  The School of Natural Re=
sources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and man=
aged by several colleges on campus.  IFAS employs over 2500 people, which i=
ncludes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gai=
nesville and throughout the state.  IFAS, one of the nation=92s largest agr=
icultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is ad=
ministered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the Colle=
ge of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director o=
f the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Dire=
ctor of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the C=
ollege of Veterinary Medicine.  UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work wi=
th Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.



Employment Conditions

This position is available and will be filled as soon as an acceptable appl=
icant is available.  Compensation is commensurate with the education, exper=
ience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.



Nominations

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 # 497569

Dr. Vance M. Whitaker

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Gulf Coast REC

14625 CR 672

Wimauma, FL 33598



Telephone:                              813.633.4136

Facsimile:                               813.634.0001

Electronic Mail:                      vwhitaker from ufl.edu<mailto:vwhitaker from uf=
l.edu>



Application Information



  *   Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://explore.jobs.=
ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/497569 and submit:
     *   Application
     *   Cover letter that states applicant=92s interest in the position an=
d qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
     *   Curriculum vitae
     *   Names and contact information (e-mail address and phone number) of=
 three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation



  *   Send unofficial transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree an=
d have three letters of recommendation sent to:



Please refer to Requisition # 497569

Dr. Vance M. Whitaker

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Gulf Coast REC

14625 CR 672

Wimauma, FL 33598



Telephone:                              813.633.4136

Facsimile:                               813.634.0001

Electronic Mail:                      vwhitaker from ufl.edu<mailto:vwhitaker from uf=
l.edu>



The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to t=
he hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered =93offi=
cial=94 if a designation of =93Issued to Student=94 is visible.  Degrees ea=
rned from an education institution outside of the United States are require=
d to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved=
 by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which c=
an be found at http://www.naces.org/ .



The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to =
building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  The selection =
process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida=92s =91G=
overnment in the Sunshine=92 and Public Records Laws.  Persons with disabil=
ities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.?



Kevin M. Folta
Professor and Chairman
Horticultural Sciences Department
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program and
Plant Innovation Program
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

352-273-4812

=93Don=92t tell me what can=92t be done. Tell me what needs to be done, and=
 let me do it.=94 =96 Norman Borlaug.

Illumination (blog) http://kfolta.blogspot.com
Twitter  @kevinfolta
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m>

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pondence to or from University employees via email may be subject to disclo=
sure.


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