Post-Doctoral Associate – Blueberry Photosynthesis

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Work type: Post Doc Associate
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agricultural Sciences

Classification Title:

Postdoc Aso

Job Description:

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment of inclusive excellence that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Inclusive excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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The Small Fruit Horticulture Lab at the University of Florida is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for a project focused on blueberry photosynthetic responses at multiple biological scales. Our goal is to relate leaf, branch, and whole-plant responses to variation in photosynthetically active radiation in this woody perennial species. The research project will: 1) document the diversity of maximum leaf photosynthetic rates (Pnleaf) in a plant, 2) relate Pnleaf to branch photosynthetic rates (Pnbranch) using leaf phylotaxis and demography data, and 3) integrate Pnbranch and plant architecture data to build whole-plant photosynthesis models.

In this position, you will be expected to build/adapt tools for photosynthesis research in a woody perennial crop, collect data in growth chamber, greenhouse, and farm settings, and analyze/model data using quantitative and coding skills. The selected candidate will also present research findings in state, regional, and national scientific meetings and extension conferences, author scientific publications, and contribute to extramural funding applications. Networking, teaching, and extension opportunities will be available, depending on the candidate’s interests.

This is a 12-month, non-tenure-accruing position, available in the Horticultural Sciences Department Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This position is part of a cohort of Post-Doctoral Associates that will be hired across multiple disciplines aiming to create blueberry yield prediction models.

The Horticultural Sciences Department ( is a unit within IFAS at the University of Florida and has diverse teaching, research, and extension education programs with 34 faculty in Gainesville and 26 faculty at various Research and Education Centers throughout the state. The Horticultural Sciences Department is currently ranked top 9 in the center for world university rankings.

The Small Fruit Horticulture Lab ( is a lab within the Horticultural Sciences Department. The lab is led by Dr. Gerardo Nunez, who is an assistant professor of horticulture. Our research explores how abiotic stimuli and cultural practices impact horticultural crop quality, productivity, and resilience. We pursue research questions at the interface of horticulture and plant physiology focusing on berry crops grown in modern horticultural production systems. Our research aims to inform scientists, empower growers, and advance the practice of horticulture.

This position is available starting in January 2023 or as soon as a candidate is available.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:
  • Ph.D. in Horticulture, Crop Science, Agronomy, Botany, or a closely related field.
  • Familiarity with photosynthesis research.
  • Experience with modelling plant responses using R or Python.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Commitment to UF/IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.
Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants with prior research and publication experience in photosynthesis and/or modelling are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with excellent academic and interpersonal skills that can synergize with laboratory team members and perform high quality, independent research.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to Careers at UF and submit:

  • Cover letter that highlights how the applicant’s training and experience align with the position description above
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation

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).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Health Assessment Required: No


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