Assistant/Associate Professor - Emerging Contaminants Transport and Fate Engineer in Water Systems
Univerity of Florida/IFAS, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Type: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Agriculture - Biological Engineering
Years of Experience:
Less than 2
Internal Number: 528246
This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 40% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.
Duties will include developing and teaching courses, contributing to the biosystems modeling certificate, mentoring graduate students, leading a research program, contributing service to the profession and community, and collaborating with others at UF and externally. Tenure will accrue in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program. The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in their program area.
Florida’s agricultural, natural and urban ecosystems are being negatively impacted by the increasing amount and complexity of contaminants in its land and water resources. These conventional (e.g., toxic algae, nutrients, pesticides) and emerging (microplastics, nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, etc.) contaminants reduce the health and diversity of biological systems. The faculty member will develop solutions for characterizing, monitoring, predicting, and mitigating harmful contaminants to protect and sustain the agriculture and natural resources of the State of Florida. Proven expertise and research products in contaminant (physio-)chemistry, fluid dynamics, solute and particle transport, and systems modeling are required.
Collaboration with the Florida Sea Grant, UF HWCOE Departments and Centers (e.g., Nanoscale Research Facility, Center for Coastal Solutions), UF Department of Environmental and Global Health, UF IFAS, UF Water Institute, and the Departments of the Florida Water Management Districts is expected.
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, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.
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.
For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by November 12, 2023. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.
A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in agricultural, biological, environmental, or chemical engineering or a closely related discipline is required.
Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding.
Candidates are expected to show potential and interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering department.
Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to UF core values of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship.
Candidates must have evidence of experience in modeling applications and laboratory experimentation related to the expertise of this position description.
Postdoctoral or other professional experience and products.
Evidence of effectively working in multi/trans-disciplinary groups or consortia between academia and outside stakeholders.
Involvement in professional societies or other entities related to the discipline.
Mentorship experience with undergraduate or graduate students.
Experience securing or competing for external funding.
About Univerity of Florida/IFAS, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
The University of Florida, through its AI initiative, is building the nation’s first comprehensive AI university through a university-wide approach to teaching artificial intelligence, using AI to solve grand challenges, creating the AI workforce of tomorrow, and doing so in an ethical and equitable manner. As a key part of this initiative, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has emerged as the world leader in AI applications in agriculture, food, and natural resources. IFAS’s strong and diverse teaching, research, and Extension portfolio incorporates and applies AI and data science across disciplines. This infusion of technology has supercharged the university’s research and development portfolio. With HiPerGator at their disposal, UF/IFAS faculty can analyze vast amounts of data and predict solutions to health, agriculture, engineering and educational challenges in Florida, the nation, and the world.