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Post-Doctoral 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.

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The University of Florida (UF), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), is looking for a post-doctoral research associate to work on tar spot   project at the Everglades Research and Education Center (EREC), Belle Glade, Florida. The project funded by the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) aims to identify an integrated management strategy against the tar spot disease of maize in Florida, with particular attention to sweet corn. This is an emerging disease in the US, caused primarily by Phyllachora maydis, which its increasing occurrence in sweet corn fields and the continued narrow understanding of P. maydis biology and epidemiology indicate the pressing need for rapid and applicable solutions for the growers.

The post-doctoral researcher will work with Dr. Katia Viana Xavier 1) to study the epidemiological factors contributing for tar spot disease development in Florida; 2) to determine pathogenicity and genetic diversity of P. maydis on sweet corn and field corn in Florida; 3) to stablish an effective chemical control protocol; and 4) to disseminate research findings to the sweet corn growers in Florida.

The post-doctoral researcher will lead laboratory, greenhouse and field research by designing, executing, conducting experiments to evaluate impact of tar spot on sweet corn. The researcher is expected to periodically interact with our plant breeder collaborator from UF to get updates on the status of their tasks; and present the research findings in professional meetings and publish in peer reviewed journals.

Please contact Dr. Katia Viana Xavier ( ) for any questions about this position.

This is grant funded time limited position with funding available for one year.

Expected Salary:


Minimum Requirements:

A Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Plant Pathology or related fields is required. 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:
  • Minimum of two years agronomic field research experience
  • Experience with disease phenotyping in greenhouse and field conditions
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques, such as PCR, as well as downstream sequence/genomic analysis.
  • Experience in grant writing and publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
Special Instructions to Applicants:

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

Application Information

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

    • 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 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.


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