Assistant Professor – Pollination Ecologist

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

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Job Description:

This is a 12-month, tenure-accruing position that will be 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), 25% Extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), and 15% Teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) located in the University of Florida's Department of Entomology and Nematology in Gainesville, Florida, within the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The position will be academically housed, where tenure will accrue, in the Department of Entomology and Nematology within IFAS, and the nature of the assignment may change in accordance with the evolving needs of the department and IFAS.

The primary focus within the research assignment is the pollination ecology and/or conservation of non-Apis bees. The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program focused on the contributions of bees to ecosystem health and crop pollination systems. Potential research areas may include, but are not limited to, integrated conservation strategies for improving non-Apis bee populations, identifying and augmenting the populations of the bee pollinators important for the production of Florida specialty crops, determining how bee-provided pollination affects ecosystem services and impacts landscape structure, understanding pollination needs and pollinator ecology in urban ecosystems, species biodiversity losses, and identifying/mitigating primary stressors to populations of non-Apis bees, stressors such as pesticides, pathogens, parasites and inadequate nutrition. Fundamental to this position is seeking external funding to support the diversified research program and collaboration with existing crop-oriented research and extension faculty at UF and other state institutions.

The teaching responsibilities within the Department of Entomology and Nematology will include developing an undergraduate/graduate course in pollinator ecology/conservation and participation in revolving topic seminars in the candidate's area of expertise. The successful candidate will participate in graduate and undergraduate education: chairing and serving on graduate committees, as well as publishing results with his/her graduate students, supervising undergraduate research and developing curricula, seeking funding for developing their teaching program and learning tools, and/or publishing teaching-related scholarship. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education. Ultimately, the successful candidate should work to ensure a legacy of enhancing the sustainability of managed and wild bee populations in agricultural, urban and natural communities.

The Extension responsibilities will include developing and implementing an effective statewide Extension education program to support conservation efforts and stakeholders who rely on the pollination services that non-Apis bees provide. The candidate will be expected to invest in educational efforts aimed at helping growers improve crop productivity by adopting and implementing integrated crop pollination practices. Furthermore, the faculty member will work collaboratively with Master Gardeners and staff at the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services if opportunities allow and serve as a source of bee-related information for people from all backgrounds and interests in this topic. The successful candidate will be expected to work in concert with county, state, and other Extension specialists on inter-disciplinary Extension teams.

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.

The Department of Entomology and Nematology ( has diverse teaching, research, and extension programs with 30+ faculty located on main campus in Gainesville and 30+ faculty located at 11 Research and Education Centers throughout the state.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience.

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in some combination of entomology, pollination ecology and/or conservation, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skill 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:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by March 25, 2017. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  They need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to the address below.


Application Information


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


Please refer to Requisition # 501323

Dr. Jamie Ellis

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Entomology & Nematology Department

PO Box 110620

1881 Natural Area Drive

Gainesville FL 32611-0620


Telephone: 352-273-3924

Facsimile: 352-392-0190

Electronic Mail:                   


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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