Assistant Professor - Agricultural and Resource Economist

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Collier
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine
Department:60910000 - AG-SWFREC-IMMOKALEE

Classification Title:

Ast Prof

Job Description:

This 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 30% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 70% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), located at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, 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 integrated extension and research programs to address the following areas: measuring the performance of agricultural production systems in terms of productivity and efficiency; valuing the impact of alternative production methods on ecological systems; policy design to encourage ecosystem service provision by private landowners; and the broader societal values added by adopting more environmentally sustainable agricultural systems. Tenure will accrue in the Food and Resource Economics Department.  The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students.  The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program. Incumbent must consistently publish scientific publications both in peer-reviewed journals and extension outlets related to their assigned duties. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities.

UF/IFAS is a land-grant institution under which 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 Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) is located one mile north of Immokalee and approximately 35 miles southeast of Fort Myers, Florida. Florida's Gulf Coastline, located within 40 miles from the REC, has internationally recognized tourism destinations (Sanibel, Captiva, and Marco Islands Beaches). SWFREC supports twelve faculty programs and a staff of more than 70 people.  Active research programs in vegetable production, water management, crop nutrition, pest management, plant pathology, agricultural economics, and citrus horticulture occur on 320 acres of land at SWFREC. The faculty and staff of SWFREC serve a vibrant commercial agricultural region.

Southwest Florida REC is situated at the intersection of agricultural, urban, environmental interests within the iconic landscapes of Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve. Farm gate sales for the region average more than 1 billion dollar each year.  The region has intensive production in citrus, beef cattle, fresh market vegetables, and sugarcane. The area has a unique blend of agriculture, a rapidly growing urban area, and protected ecosystems. Agriculture in the region faces environmental challenges including water supply and quality and competes with ever-increasing land values. 

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in agricultural, environmental, and/or natural resource economics 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 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. Demonstrated ability to publish research results in peer-reviewed applied economics and/or multi-disciplinary outlets is highly desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by April 17, 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 # 496258

Sanjay Shukla, Ph.D.

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Southwest Florida Research and Education Center

2685 State Road 29 N

Immokalee, FL  34142

Telephone:  (239)658-3425

Facsimile:  (239)658-3403

Electronic Mail:

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to (search for requisition # 496258) and submit:
    • Application
    • Cover letter that states applicant's interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for three individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • 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 .

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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