Research Assistant Professor - Estuarine Ecologist

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine

Classification Title:

Res Ast Prof

Job Description:

This is 12-month, non-tenure-accruing research assistant professor (non tenure track) faculty position that will include three primary responsibilities: conducting research, facilitating collaborations among UF/IFAS faculty and agency partners, and teaching courses on estuarine ecology in the Nature Coast Region of Florida. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program addressing topics in estuarine and/or wetland ecology, mentor graduate students, and publish results from research on these topics in refereed journals.  In addition, this individual will be expected to work with other UF faculty and agency partners on collaborative research projects and proposals focused on the Nature Coast.

The successful candidate will also participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students.  The person will be expected to develop and teach field-based courses in the Nature Coast Region, particularly during summer.


The Nature Coast spans the Big Bend of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, ranging from Hernando to Wakulla County.  The region contains one of North America's most pristine coastlines, with extensive seagrass meadows, expansive coastal wetlands, valuable recreational and commercial fisheries, and healthy wildlife populations that include marine mammals (manatee, dolphin), diverse waterbirds, and sea turtles.  The region also supports productive shellfish fisheries (shrimp, oyster) and a vibrant hard clam aquaculture industry valued at $40 million annually in revenue.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Experience and Education

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in estuarine or wetland ecology or a closely related discipline is required. ABD candidates may also apply. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, teaching experience, 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 Qualifications:

Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Strong quantitative skills coupled with field skills and natural history knowledge are preferred, which could include advanced statistical methods, population and community modeling, evaluation of trophic-dynamic linkages in estuarine food webs, coupling of physical and biological processes in estuarine systems, or quantitative assessment of habitat quality and quantity for fish and/or wildlife populations in coastal regions.  Teaching experience is preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by February 26, 2016. The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


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 # 495867

Dr. Peter C. Frederick

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Nature Coast Biological Station

PO Box 878

Cedar Key, FL  32625

Telephone:  352-258-3454

Facsimile:  352-392-9617

Electronic Mail:

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to (search for requisition # 495867) and submit:
    • Application
    • Cover letter that states applicant's interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Teaching statement
  • Official transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree and three letters of recommendation should be sent to the address above.

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 .

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's 'Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Health Assessment Required:No

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