Assistant Professor of Quantitative Forest Science – University of Florida

Title:                           Assistant Professor of Quantitative Forest Science

 Location:                    School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC), University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), Gainesville, Florida

 Salary:                        Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

 Review Date:             For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 8 April, 2019.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Duties and Responsibilities

This 9-month position accrues tenure in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. Initial assigned responsibilities will be 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences). The faculty member is expected to develop an internationally recognized, externally funded innovative research program in forest resources and conservation that could include, but is not limited to quantifying the biological/genetic mechanisms that control tree growth or forest ecosystem structure, growth, dynamics, and function. The successful candidate will collaborate with SFRC and other UF/IFAS faculty promoting innovation in quantitative analyses of forest-related data. The faculty member 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 members are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education. Teaching responsibilities include a required undergraduate course in forest mensuration, a core course in our SAF accredited degree program, and graduate course(s) in their area of specialty. Teaching may include online education and/or team-teaching within the SFRC undergraduate curricula. The faculty member will also participate in graduate education by advising students, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, publishing results jointly with graduate students, and actively engaging with students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Because of the UF/IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty members are expected to support and engage in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.



A doctorate degree (foreign equivalent acceptable) and research and/or professional experience in biometrics, biostatistics, computational biology, data carpentry, geospatial analyses, quantitative and population genetics, quantitative ecology, and/or modeling is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in publication of peer-reviewed research, verbal communication, interpersonal relationships, teamwork, engagement with diverse stakeholders, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must support Land-Grant system missions, and have a commitment to the UF/IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.


In addition to a doctoral degree, a master’s degree in mathematics or statistics is strongly preferred. Postdoctoral experience is also preferred.

Background Information:

The School of Forest Resources and Conservation ( has teaching, research, and extension education programs in three broad areas: Forest resources and conservation; Geomatics (surveying, mapping, remote sensing, GIS, and GPS); and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. The SFRC has 50 faculty members, 70 affiliate, courtesy, and emeritus faculty, 250 graduate students, and 300 undergraduate students.  The School offers bachelor’s degrees in Forest Resources and Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation, Geomatics, and Marine Sciences; thesis and non-thesis master’s degrees in all focus areas, including a number of innovative distance education master’s programs; and Ph.D. degrees in all focus areas. The SFRC is committed to serving a diversity of stakeholders, including historically under-served communities throughout Florida and beyond.  The SFRC values open dialogue among faculty and students with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and identities.

The University of Florida ( is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 54,000 students located on one campus.  UF is a member of The Association of American Universities and in 2019 ranks as the 8th top U.S. public university by News and World Reports.  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 (, the Florida Sea Grant program ( ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain).  The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus.  IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 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 August 16, 2019 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.

Nominations and Inquiries

Nominations and inquiries are welcome.  Nominations should include the complete name and address of the nominee.  Nominations and inquiries should be directed to:

Please refer to Requisition # 44617

Dr. Gary F. Peter

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

School of Forest Resources and Conservation

University of Florida

Box 110410, 118 Newins-Ziegler Hall

Gainesville, FL 32611-0410

Telephone:                               352-846-0896

Electronic Mail:             


Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position, technical qualifications, including research and teaching experience, and experience connecting with students and stakeholders from diverse populations
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Unofficial transcripts showing all college coursework, and
    • Names and contact information for four references


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).

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