Assistant Professor Entomology position at the University of Florida

Title: Assistant Professor (Entomology)

Indian River Research and Education Center
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Ft. Pierce, Florida

Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date:
To ensure full consideration please apply online and submit additional materials by December 15, 2015. Position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Duties and Responsibilities

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position at 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% extension at the Indian River Research and Education Center at Fort Pierce, FL. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at Gainesville. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The research component of this assignment will develop an independent and nationally/internationally recognized program in integrated management of arthropod pests of horticultural crops with an emphasis on citrus. The appointee will develop a strong extramurally funded research program that leads to publishing research in peer-reviewed journals and the supervising/mentoring of graduate students. Leadership in planning and implementing statewide extension programs is expected. Extension duties include training extension agents and outreach to commercial growers and other industry clientele through the appointee’s participation in formal extension programs (in-service training, field days, demonstrations, etc.); the publication of extension articles in IFAS’ Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS), newsletters, and other clientele-oriented periodicals; and through direct outreach to clientele. The successful candidate will participate actively in graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, and publishing research results with students. 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.


An earned doctorate in Entomology or related discipline is required. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. 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.

Background Information:

The Indian River Research and Education Center is a unit of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida, and is located on a 700-acre site west of Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County. Fort Pierce is located on the east coast of Florida, 50 miles north of West Palm Beach. The internationally recognized research center is located in a major agricultural region in which nurseries, citrus, beef cattle, and vegetables are major industries. Presently there are approximately 240,000 acres of citrus produced in the six county Indian River region. The IRREC is an interdisciplinary unit of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the Florida Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, all of which are administered by IFAS to serve the land grant mission.

The University of Florida ( is a Land-Grant and Sea-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 48,000 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 (, and encompasses 15 academic departments and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, 9 interdisciplinary centers, 13 research and educational centers throughout the state, and Cooperative Extension units in each of Florida’s 67 counties and the Seminole Tribe. The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. IFAS employs over 3400 people, which includes approximately 950 faculty and 2450 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 January 4, 2016 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.

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
  • Unofficial transcript showing receipt of the doctoral degree and three letters of recommendation should be sent to Dr. Ronald Cave (see above).

Please refer to Position # 00013860

Dr. Ronald D. Cave
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
Indian River Research and Education Center
2199 South Rock Road
Ft. Pierce, FL 34945-3138
Phone: 772-468-3922
Fax: 772-468-5668

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript 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.


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