Assistant Professor of Tree Health Genetic Resources – University of Florida

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 70% research (Florida Agricultural
Experiment Station) and 30% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the
Department of Plant Pathology, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), at the
University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.
The faculty member will develop an internationally recognized, externally funded research program
using contemporary methods for improvement of resistance and tolerance of forest tree species to
pathogens and preconditioning stresses. The overarching goal is the rapid development of improved
stock for restoration plantings. The research is expected to be primarily fundamental in nature and
geared toward understanding the naturally-occurring genetic mechanisms and/or the genetic
architecture of resistance and tolerance to pathogens in forest trees of ecological and societal
importance. Applied aspects of the research are expected to involve selection, breeding and
deployment of potential restoration stock in forest species. The faculty member will be expected to
collaborate with new faculty hires in the Healthy Forest Ecosystems Cluster (described below), as
well as with a diverse set of existing experts in the Plant Pathology Department, the School of Forest
and Resource Conservation (forest health, biology and management), IFAS Plant Breeders, the
Florida Climate Institute, the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, other units on campus, and
government agencies.

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by February 1, 2018. The position will be open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Healthy Forest Ecosystems Cluster. Forest ecosystems face increasing and emerging threats,
including non-native invaders, resurgence of native diseases and pests, climate and land use
changes, and the synergistic effects of these challenges combined. This position is one of four in
Dept. of Plant Pathology
1449 Fifield Hall
P.O. Box 110680
Gainesville FL, 32611-0680

a cohort (three faculty, one staff) with expertise in: 1) Resilience and Restoration Silviculture; 2)
Remote Sensing for Forest Health Modeling; 3) Tree Health Genetic Resources (this position);
and 4) Monitoring Coordinator, Global Threats to Forest Health (staff position). The hires
associated with this cluster will fill critical gaps in expertise across the Southern US, and will
enable anticipation and early detection of forest health threats, a precise understanding of their
impacts on society, spatiotemporal monitoring to facilitate early intervention, adaptive
silviculture and the capacity to rapidly deploy restoration populations that are genetically
resistant (or tolerant) to invaders, drought, and other disturbance risks. The synergistic effects of
combined forest health threats require interdisciplinary solutions – this cluster of faculty
positions is designed to meet the multi-faceted forest health challenge by seamlessly combining
new experts and approaches with existing expertise, in order to guide management decisions and
policy recommendations toward increased forest resilience.

Tenure will accrue in the Department of Plant Pathology. The faculty member will participate
actively in graduate education by serving on and chairing graduate committees, supervising
thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results
with his/her graduate students and postdoctoral associates. Faculty are encouraged to participate
in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses
and seminars. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support
his/her program. The faculty member will engage cooperatively with other faculty and staff in
the Ecosystems Cluster in support of the Extension activities in the Cluster as appropriate to his
or her program area. 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.

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Forest Pathology, Forest Genetics or a closely
related discipline is required. Experience in forest ecophysiology, plant genomics, plant
breeding, host/parasite interactions and/or other aspects of forest health and genetics are highly
desirable, as are quantitative analytical and molecular skills. Research focus should be within the
context of forest disease management and restoration. Candidates should have demonstrated
skills in publication of peer-reviewed research, verbal communication, interpersonal
relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. The ability and desire to lead as well as
work effectively within interdisciplinary teams is required. Candidates must be supportive of the
mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to the IFAS core
values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.
Postdoctoral experience is desirable.
This position is available May 1, 2018 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. Successful candidates must be committed to working
with diverse student and community populations.

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 # 505658
Jeffrey Rollins
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Department of Plant Pathology
1453 Fifield Hall
Gainesville FL 32611-0680
Telephone: 352.273.4620
Facsimile: 352.392.6532
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Application Information
§ Individuals wishing to apply should go online to
job/505658 and submit:
o Application
o Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications
relative to the credentials listed above
o Curriculum vitae
o Contact information (including email addresses) for three individuals willing to
write letters of recommendation
o Unofficial transcripts

Final candidate will be required to provide 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), which can be found at .

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