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environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including
ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. 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 9-month, tenure-accruing position that will be 80% research
(Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% teaching (College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences) in the Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida (UF). The position will be
academically housed in the Entomology and Nematology Department within IFAS in
Gainesville FL, and the nature of the assignment may change in accordance with
the changing needs of the department and IFAS. Tenure will accrue in the
Entomology and Nematology Department.
The candidate will develop an internationally recognized and extramurally
funded program in molecular ecology of arthropods or nematodes. This is a
broad search, but programs applying a modern molecular ecology perspective to
themes such as population or landscape genetics, biogeography, species
interactions, or molecular evolution may be of interest. Research anywhere on
the spectrum from addressing foundational questions in ecological systems to
applied work related to agriculture, natural resources conservation, or human
and animal health is encouraged. Invasion science is emerging as a campus-wide
strength at the University of Florida and the incumbent is encouraged to
contribute to strengthening this area of excellence. Similarly, the incumbent
is encouraged to take advantage of a recent expansion of capabilities for our
HiPerGator supercomputing cluster and a new campus-wide area of emphasis in
Artificial Intelligence and other intensive computational approaches.
The successful candidate will participate actively in scholarly activities
related to instruction, such as teaching undergraduate and graduate courses,
chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising undergraduate and
graduate research and creative work, publishing results with graduate students
and postdocs, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, and
producing learning tools. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in
the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.
Courses are likely to include a specialty graduate course in molecular ecology
of arthropods and nematodes every other year, and in alternate years, either
an undergraduate Course Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) course in
the incumbent's area of expertise that emphasizes both hands-on research and
quantitative skills, or a graduate-level course that emphasizes current
quantitative and computational skills as broadly applied to Entomology &
The faculty member will aggressively seek contract and grant funding to
support their program and must consistently publish scientific publications in
peer-reviewed journals and other appropriate venues. Faculty are expected to
participate in professional development activities such as training in
mentoring, grant writing, and intercultural competency.
UF/IFAS is a land-grant institution under which all faculty are expected to be
supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching, and
Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position
The Entomology and Nematology Department is a unit in UF/IFAS and has a
diverse teaching, research and extension education programs with more than 32
faculty members on the Gainesville campus, 35 faculty located across the state
at research and education centers, and 30 support personnel.
Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in a discipline that clearly falls
under the umbrella of molecular ecology is required.
Demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal
relationships, and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Commitment to teaching and mentoring.
Research experience with arthropods, nematodes, or other appropriate
systems, but additional work in other systems will also be recognized as
valuable and applicable at the time of application (e.g., plants,
vertebrates, microbes, etc.).
Supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system and candidates must
also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity,
global involvement, and accountability.
Experience with applying for and procurement of extramural funding is
preferred, as are teaching, mentoring, and postdoctoral experience.
Candidates using modern approaches to test basic and/or applied hypotheses
are encouraged to apply.
Ability and willingness to establish and maintain interdisciplinary
collaborations will be viewed as a strength.
For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional
materials by October 17, 2021. The position will remain open until a viable
applicant pool is determined.
Nominations are welcome. Nominations should include the complete name, address
and email address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:
Please refer to Requisition # 81836
Dr. Dan Hahn
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida, IFAS
Entomology & Nematology Department
PO Box 110620
1881 Natural Area Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611
Electronic Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals wishing to apply should go online to
https:// apply.interfolio.com/94317 and submit:
Cover letter that states applicant's interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
Statement of research interests
Statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy
Diversity statement indicating how your previous experiences have prepared you to contribute to an inclusive institutional culture
Contact information (including email addresses) for three individuals willing to write letters of recommendation if requested
Final candidate will be required to provide 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), which can be
found at https:// www. naces.org/.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to
building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.
The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If
an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position,
please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD).
Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are
conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.