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This is a 9-month tenure-accruing faculty position, 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% Extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida; located at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, FL. The candidate will develop an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program emphasizing subtropical and tropical fruit crops (minor effort may include some tropical fruit crops also used for ornamental purposes).

The incumbent’s goal is to develop tropical fruit crops with superior pest resistance (tolerance), abiotic stress tolerance and desirable fruit quality that results in cultivars for commercial production. The incumbent is expected to collaborate with horticulturists, entomologists, plant pathologists, geneticists, agricultural economists and plant breeders, to develop horticulturally desirable end products for the consumers.

The incumbent will develop an extension program focused on transferring information and new cultivars to current and potential commercial producers. The candidate will be expected to produce extension publications, apply for grants with an extension component, and develop in-service trainings for UF extension faculty. The faculty member will work with state and county faculty by providing information, educational materials, training and workshops to all levels of clientele. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program.

The successful candidate will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars.

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.

Background Information:

The Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 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 subtropical fruit crops, tropical and temperate vegetable crops, ornamental crops, and natural resources 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. TREC is the only state university research center in the continental United States focusing on a large number of tropical and subtropical crops.

The area is characterized by a marine humid subtropical climate and unique oolitic limestone based soil. 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 Horticultural Sciences 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.  Program focus areas within the department include: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry; Plant Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Crop Production and Management; Postharvest Biology and Technology; Organic and Sustainable Horticulture; and Weed Science. 

The Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) has strong programs in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology and Plant Breeding and Genetics, as well as expertise in plant biochemistry, molecular genetics, and genomics. Emphasis is placed on the developing cultivars adapted to subtropical climates.

Minimum Requirements:            

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Genetics, Plant Breeding, Plant Biology, Horticultural Science or a closely related discipline is required. The candidate is expected to be knowledgeable of molecular and traditional plant breeding techniques. 

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.

Preferred Qualifications:             

Postdoctoral experience is preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants:           

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by May 9, 2023.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Employment Conditions

This position is available January 2024, 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 # 526073

Dr. Daniel Carrillo

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Tropical Research and Education Center

18905 SW 280th Street

Homestead, FL 33031

Telephone: 786-217-9245

Facsimile: 305-246-7003

Electronic Mail:

Application Information:

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to Careers at UF and submit:
  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Complete curriculum vitae (which includes statement of current position and responsibilities);
  • Research and Extension Statements;
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for 4 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
  • References may be contacted throughout the interview process; however, letters will only be requested for those candidates on the short list.
  • Unofficial transcripts

Selected candidate will be required to provide an 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).

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Applications close: Open until filled


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