Agricultural & Biological Engineering, IFAS, University of Florida
November 6, 2018
Gainesville , Florida
Commensurate with Qualificatio
Full Time - Experienced
Other / Not Specified
Assistant Professor in Precision Water Management
This is a 9-month, tenure track position, 40% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department (ABE), Institute of Food and Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida. This position will work closely with existing precision agriculture and water management faculty as well as faculty in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, and other departments in IFAS such as Horticultural Sciences and Agronomy. This position will address application and development of water management technologies, water-use efficiency and evaluation and use of alternative water supplies for irrigated agriculture. Research should ultimately consider long-term water resource and agricultural sustainability, considering the balance between environmental impacts and Best Management Practices (BMPs). The position will consider agricultural water management at a systems level that includes spatial and temporal analysis and evaluation of water demand and supply. Topics will likely include evaluation of precision irrigation for crop production, impacts on downstream resources and users, water quality and efficient resource utilization as well as alternative sources of water for irrigation.
The candidate should have a strong background in irrigation/drainage engineering, agricultural water management and mathematical modeling and a demonstrated interest in conducting research that will enhance Florida agriculture in the face of land use change and ongoing impacts to natural resources. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.
The candidate 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 agribusiness personnel and decision makers. The candidate will work with state and county faculty by providing information, educational materials, trainings and workshops to diverse stakeholders.
The faculty member in this position will be responsible for building an internationally recognized, extramurally funded program in precision water management that will address agricultural needs in Florida and locations globally such as managing irrigation at the sub-field scale to address environmental concerns while maintaining profitability. In addition, this faculty member will bring analysis techniques to a variety of precision data sources to understand and manage variability at the field and watershed scale.
The candidate 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.
The faculty member in this position will have the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty and research partners, creating synergy both inside and outside of the University of Florida. The candidate will be also expected to participate in all activities of 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, the Emerging Pathogens Institute, the UF Water Institute, Florida Climate Institute and Institute for Sustainable Food Systems.
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 required to have an understanding of water management, hydrology and precision agricultural technologies related to water management. The candidate must have the ability to conduct applied research and extension education programs related to precision water management, and the ability and willingness to disseminate results to clientele. 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.
Expertise in precision water management such as knowledge and expertise in new technologies, use of different data sources and data visualization and/or modeling to translate and interpret large and complex agricultural-related data sets. Postdoctoral experience and a clearly established publication record in areas related to this position, is preferred. Previous research and/or extension experience working collaboratively across disciplines is also desirable.
Internal Number: REQUISITON # 39813
About Agricultural & Biological Engineering, IFAS, University of Florida
The Agricultural & Biological Eng. Dept. consists of 34 faculty members located on the Gainesville campus, 5 faculty located across the state at research and education centers, and 20 support personnel (see website http://abe.ufl.edu), and consistently ranks in the top Agricultural and Biological Engineering programs nationwide. Instilling excellence in research, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship are ABE's highest priorities.