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The Best Management Practices (BMPs) Program at Soil and Water Sciences
Department, University of Florida, headed by Dr. Lakesh Sharma, is expanding
its scope and seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate with
experience in DSSAT & other related modeling tools, soil nutrient management,
water quality improvement, and project management to join our team. This is a
12-month postdoctoral associate position that will be 100% research at the
Soil and Water Sciences Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences, the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, focusing on designing
tools to improve nutrient management in the agriculture system. This
assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The
postdoctoral associate will work on the row and vegetable crop BMPs program
with a multidisciplinary research team at the Soil and Water Sciences
Department other UF facilities.
The postdoctoral associate will 1) design and implement experimental design
for the research projects associated with calibration of soil phosphorus and
nitrogen testing and fertilizer recommendations, 2) implement treatments and
assist with maintenance of experiments in the field 3) interpret results,
input data, and conduct statistical analysis and develop crop models using
DSSAT and other available tools. The position will require working with an
artificial intelligence team for the input of data into databases. The
postdoctoral associate will be required to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
This position includes supervision of graduate students and Biological
Scientist, and hourly wage employees in field experiments, data collection,
and sample preparation.
Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. A doctorate (foreign equivalent
acceptable) in soil science, agronomy, horticulture, agricultural
engineering, or a closely related discipline 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. Extensive
background in crop modeling and nutrient management is essential, including
designing and constructing new BMPs. This position requires excellent English-
speaking skills to talk to crop producers and other stakeholders. A valid
driver's license is required for this position as travel is involved to visit
the research sites.
Preferred qualifications: Postdoctoral experience is desirable.
Application review will begin on November 1, 2021, and will continue until a
suitable candidate is identified.
Please submit the following at https:// apply.interfolio.com/94069:
and contact information of 3 references
For questions related to this position, please contact :
Lakesh K. Sharma, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Soil Fertility and Sustainable Nutrient Management
Specialist State Ag BMP Coordinator
Soil and Water Sciences Dept. University of Florida IFAS
2181 McCarty Hall A
Gainesville, FL 32611-0290
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 credentialling 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.