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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Florida

Job Description

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.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

The UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center is seeking a postdoctoral research associate specializing in behavioral and experimental economics, consumer marketing, and applied econometrics. The responsibilities include developing and conducting online and in?person consumer surveys, choice-based and auction experiments, analyzing data using econometrics models, and writing journal articles and technical reports.

Specialties Desired: 
Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Consumer Marketing, and Applied Econometrics.

  • Conduct applied research in consumer economics and marketing that will have practical implications for horticultural industries and/or urban landscape design and maintenance stakeholders in Florida. 
  • Develop and conduct consumer and horticulture industry surveys.
  • Design and conduct online and laboratory consumer experiments incorporating eye tracking.
  • Analyze data using econometric models and write journal articles and technical reports.
  • Report on research activities and prepare presentations for professional and outreach meetings. 

The Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) is a unit of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida and has diverse research and extension programs, with thirteen faculty members working with a variety of crops and organisms. MREC is located 15 miles northwest of Orlando and 94 miles south of the main campus in Gainesville, and in proximity to a large concentration of greenhouse and landscape ornamental commercial facilities. 

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:
  • Ph.D (foreign equivalent acceptable) in agricultural economics, economics, or a related field.
  • Excellent skills in choice modeling and relevant statistical and numerical software.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.

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:

Familiarity with eye tracking equipment and biometric data integration software is preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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

Individuals wishing to apply should visit Careers at UF and submit the following:

  • Cover letter that states the applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Academic writing sample(s)
  • Contact information for three individuals willing to write letters of recommendation

    Inquiries should be sent to: 

    Hayk Khachatryan
    Associate Professor
    Mid-Florida Research and Education Center
    Food and Resource Economics Department
    University of Florida


    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.


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