Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture - Biological Engineering, Agriculture - Research and Development, Agriculture - Structures / Environment
This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences-CALS/Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering-HWCOE) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station). Tenure will accrue in ABE. Candidates are expected to develop a research program related to the technology for controlled environments such as those used in greenhouses, indoor farms, plant factories, vertical farming, plant growth chambers or similar systems. These research efforts should be in support of sustainable agricultural production systems related to water and energy through automation and optimization.
The ABE department has two undergraduate teaching programs, the Biological Engineering (BE) Program and the Agricultural Operations Management (AOM) Program. BE currently includes four concentrations – Bio-systems Engineering, Land and Water Resources Engineering, Packaging Engineering, and Agricultural Production Engineering. The AOM program focuses on the application of technology used in agriculture and natural systems management with the integration of business management concepts. The candidate will contribute to teaching and research in areas related to both the BE and AOM programs.
Duties will include: (1) developing courses and curriculum focused on controlled environments that include students from both the Biological Engineering (BE) and the Agricultural Operations Management (AOM) degree programs; (2) providing support to the BE ABET accreditation process by working with other faculty involved in this effort; (3) recruiting, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in the BE and AOM programs; (4) planning and conducting a high quality, externally funded and productive research program in the area of controlled environments with scholarly publications in refereed journals; and (5) contributing to the Department’s overall goals in scholarship and research. The candidate will be expected to transfer technology through collaborative work with extension professionals.
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 research and teaching FTE assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.
This position is available August 16, 2019, 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 # 42548 Dr. Melanie Correll Chair, Search and Screen Committee University of Florida Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department PO Box 110570 Gainesville, FL 32611-0940
Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/59223 and submit: oCover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above oCurriculum vitae oContact information (including email addresses) for three references oPhilosophy of Teaching Statement oStatement of Research
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).
Required: A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Agricultural and Biological Engineering or closely related field is required. One degree must be in an engineering discipline. Candidates must have demonstrated skills in interpersonal relationships, verbal and written communication including scholarly publications, procurement of extramural funding, and provide evidence of teaching or similar experiences. It is required that candidates demonstrate expertise in research on controlled environments for agricultural systems with two or more of the following:
•Systems integration of technology •Automation and sensing technology •IoT, control theory, and wireless technology •Use of machine learning
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: Candidates that demonstrate procurement of extramural funding, curriculum development, and have evidence of interdisciplinary work experiences across multiple organizations/departments are desirable. Knowledge and experience with new trends and techniques in controlled environment are desirable such as those related to HVAC, heat transfer, image processing, or robotics. Postdoctoral and other professional experience including teaching experience in engineering education are highly desirable.
Internal Number: REQUISITION # 42548
About Agricultural & Biological Engineering, IFAS, University of Florida
Questions regarding the position may be directed to: Dr. Michael Dukes, Telephone: 352-294-6720; Facsimile: 352-392-4092, or email at mddukes@.ufl.edu