Assistant Professor Position - University of Florida

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering (Water Resources)

Tropical Research and Education Center
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Homestead, Florida

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by April 21, 2017.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Duties and Responsibilities
This is a 12-month tenure-track position with 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 40% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) responsibilities.  The incumbent will accrue tenure in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida and will be located at the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead, FL.

The incumbent will be a member of an interdisciplinary faculty team working on a wide range of water management practices for urban and agricultural landscapes considering water quality and quantity.  Research and Extension responsibilities will focus on water quality and quantity issues including water conservation, irrigation, best management practices (BMPs) and other topics considering urban and agricultural ecosystems. These faculty are located at TREC, ABE, and other IFAS Centers.

The incumbent will develop an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program with emphasis on: 1) measurement and analyses of hydrological processes over a range of spatial and temporal scales in urban and agricultural areas in south Florida; 2) applied  water quality and quantity research in agricultural and urban ecosystems of south Florida (including the impact of nutrient and other contaminants and interaction with pests and invasive species); and 3) development of environmentally sound and effective water management programs including irrigation technology for south Florida agricultural producers and urban dwellers.

The incumbent will also develop a scholarly extension program with measurable impacts on water conservation, irrigation, water quality, and related issues as they become relevant. Various educational methods will be used to deliver these programs to county agents, growers, consultants, and agribusiness personnel.  The incumbent will work with state and county faculty by providing information, educational materials, trainings and workshops to diverse stakeholders.  

The incumbent will serve on graduate committees, supervise graduate research, and publish research and extension results with students. The incumbent will actively seek contract and grant funding to support their program. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, 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 description.


This position requires a Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Agricultural, Civil, or Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, Soil and Water Science, or a closely-related field. The candidate is expected to be well versed in the field of agricultural engineering, particularly as it relates to hydrology, irrigation/water management, instrumentation and data collection, and data analyses. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. 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.

Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Additional expertise in hydrological modeling is desirable. Previous research and/or extension experience working collaboratively across disciplines is also desirable.

Background Information:
The Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC; of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (, University of Florida ( is located in Homestead, Florida about 30 miles south of Miami. The Center was established in 1929 by an act of the state legislature in what is now Miami-Dade County. Research, teaching, and extension programs focus on tropical and temperate vegetable crops, tropical and subtropical fruit crops, and ornamental crops of southern Florida. The agricultural industry served by the center has an annual farm gate value of $834 million. Multiplier effects make agriculture's impact on the local economy worth over $1 billion annually. Due to the region's humid subtropical climate, TREC is the only state university research center in the continental United States focusing on a large number of tropical and subtropical crops. Also, the area's oolitic limestone soil is unique to extreme southern Florida. In addition, the center addresses water and environmental issues that impact crop production over a shallow aquifer and in proximity to Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Marine Park, Florida Bay and major well fields which provide drinking water to the several million people in neighboring urban areas. The center's 160 acres consist of offices, laboratories, greenhouses, vegetable fields, and fruit orchards.  

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department ( at the University of Florida has diverse research, teaching, and extension programs located at the Gainesville campus and across the state at research and education centers. The Department’s mission is to develop professionals, create and disseminate knowledge, and promote the application of engineering, science and management principles to meet societal needs with respect to agricultural, biological and land and water resource systems.

The University of Florida ( is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 53,000 students.  UF is a member of The Association of American Universities.  The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ( includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (, the College of Veterinary Medicine (, the Florida Sea Grant program ( ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout 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 Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus.  IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state.  IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine.  UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Employment Conditions
This position is available September 1, 2017 and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available.  Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.

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 # 501405
Dr. Bruce Schaffer
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Tropical Research and Education Center
18905 SW 280th Street
Homestead, FL 33031
Telephone:        786-217-9265
Facsimile:        305-246-7003
Electronic Mail:      

Application Information
Individuals wishing to apply should go online to  and submit:

  • Application
  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for 4 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts

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 .

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’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.