Assistant Professor - Soil Health/Integrative Soil Scientist

Application start and end date: 
8th February 2019 to 14th February 2019
United States
Contract type: 
9 months This position is available March 16, 2019 and it 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.

This 9-month tenure-accruing position includes 60% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Soil and Water Sciences Dept., Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. The assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The incumbent is expected to teach core soil science courses that feature soil health, particularly as it applies to the Southeastern USA.

The incumbent in this position will:

  1. teach two sections of “Introduction to Soils in the Environment” and one section of “Forest Soils Ecosystem Services;”
  2. develop a new junior/senior level course focusing on training students in quantitative tools on science and application of soil health principles; and
  3. actively participate in representing the department in the Plant Science-degree program.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, and seeking funding for the teaching program. In addition, the incumbent is expected to publish teaching-related scholarship, produce learning tools, and engage in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. 

Full details of the position are available here

Qualifications Required:

  • A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in soil science or a closely related field with skills in statistical and/or mechanistic models is required.
  • 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: Highly desired are post-doctoral training, formal teaching experience, and expertise in soil quality/health measurement, evaluation, and application.