Title: Assistant Professor – Precision Agricultural Engineer
Location: Southwest Florida Research and Education Center University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Immokalee, Florida
Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by October 31, 2016.
The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined. Duties and Responsibilities This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) available at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include development and dissemination of horticultural technologies to sustain and improve Florida citrus production with emphasis on citrus greening disease therapies, evaluation of promising selections from the UF/IFAS citrus breeding program, and citrus nursery improvements. The faculty member must function successfully as a collaborative member of interdisciplinary Extension and Research teams. Tenure will accrue in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department (ABE). The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program. The faculty member will lead in Extension activities in his or her program area. The faculty member in this position will develop successful and nationally recognized research and extension programs in precision agriculture with focus on citrus, fresh-market vegetables (e.g. tomato, pepper) other future crops, and natural systems. Desired research interests may include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for agriculture and natural systems, smart sensor design computer vision, robotic automation, remote sensing, GIS, wireless sensor network, and big data application. Example research includes use of UAVs in identifying spatial patterns in crop and/or pests within a farm and precision application of agricultural inputs such as water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Extension component will include development of a successful educational program to bring on-the-ground changes through adoption and evaluation of state-of-the-art precision agriculture equipment and techniques with a goal of improving the profitability and environmental sustainability of Florida’s fruit and vegetable industry. In addition to strong disciplinary training we seek candidates with interest in integrating knowledge from multiple academic domains, particularly in aerial systems and advanced sensor technologies for citrus and vegetable production. Background in mathematical modeling and spatial analyses of agricultural and natural systems is a plus. This position brings together new and existing faculty in cross-disciplinary research and extension efforts focused in precision agriculture. The incumbent will work in an interdisciplinary environment consisting of faculty in agricultural and biological engineering, agricultural and natural resources economics, entomology, horticulture, microbiology, plant pathology, soil science, and weed science. The incumbent is expected to provide leadership in precision agriculture extension and develop the program for the entire state engaging other faculty in the related research area. Candidates should possess the interest, skills, and temperament to interact effectively with other researchers. A successful candidate is expected to embrace all three missions of Research, Extension, and Teaching of the Land-grant university system and will be expected to teach one course each year. The research and extension FTE assignment may vary in response to the needs of the department. The candidate is required to establish the basis for a strong externally funded research program, and promote his/her research activity and leadership in professional societies, supported by sustained publication activity in top scientific journals. The candidate has the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty and research partners, creating synergy both inside and outside of the University of Florida. The goals of the position are also in line with strategic research areas of the UF College of Engineering (http://www.eng.ufl.edu/research/research-areas/) of which ABE is also an active member through ABET accreditation. The candidate will be expected to participate in all activities or departmental academic life such as research groups, mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, and academic service activities; and work closely with other faculty in IFAS, the College of Engineering, and the Center for Remote Sensing. Open attached .pdf for additional information and applying.