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Graduate Research Assistantship for Citrus Tree Density Planting Project (Posted Feb 25, 2020)

Selecting the best tree spacing is probably the most important of many factors that influence the performance and profitability of a new citrus grove. The UF/IFAS IRREC Ferrarezi lab is hiring a Graduate Research Assistant (PhD level) to work on a field project focusing on advanced horticultural practices using high-density plantings. The idea is to collect data on existing groves located in different citrus production areas and to potentially perform yield simulations and predictions using models to assist growers in making scientific-sounded decisions about planting new groves. Activities include project planning and design, site visits, interaction with growers, data sampling and recording such as tree size determination, leaf and soil nutrient analysis, HLB diagnostic, pest and disease rating, fruit yield and fruit quality determination, data typing and analysis, reporting, basic cost analysis, participation/presentation in technical and scientific conferences, and peer-reviewed research and extension publications.
Title: Graduate Research Assistant (PhD)
Department: Horticultural Science
Location: UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC), 2199 South Rock Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34945
Education Requirements: B.Sc. and Masters degree in Horticulture, Soil Science, Agronomy, Crop Protection, Plant Science, or a related discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Knowledge of research topics described above and ability to design experiments to test relevant research hypothesis
- Ability to operate lab and field instruments used for plant physiology (e.g. LICOR 6400, Datalogger and soil moisture sensor, operate unmanned aircraft system)
- Analytical skills to identify problems and create solutions independently with minimal instruction or supervision
- Strong communication skills (listening, written, and verbal)
- Good Leadership, supervisory, and organizational skills
- Ability to demonstrate a cooperative attitude while working with a diverse student, faculty and staff population
- A flexible individual that thrives in a fast-paced environment that can effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects
- Have or be able to obtain a Florida Driver’s License
- Have or be able to obtain a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Remote Pilot Certificate (Part 107)
Annual Stipend: Competitive and above department minimum

*Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Rhuanito "Johnny" Ferrarezi at rferrarezi@ufl.edu or 1706-201-4909. For requirements and eligibility, please visit the HOS Dept Admissions webpage at https://hos.ifas.ufl.edu/graduate/admissions
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University of Florida SWFREC Assistantship (Posted: Oct 22, 2019)

University of Florida’s (UF) Southwest Florida Research and Education Center located in Immokalee, is seeking a highly motivated MS graduate student to work on the aspects of weed management in vegetable production. The research will be under the direction of Dr. Ramdas Kanissery (Weed Scientist, https://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/programs/weed-science). The overall goal of this project is to evaluate the prospects of utilizing slow-release carriers and surfactants for improving herbicide efficacy and crop-safety in vegetable plasticulture production.

The successful candidate will be working on the campus of the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee (
https://swfrec.ifas.ufl.edu) which is located about 30 miles northeast of Naples and 30 miles east of Fort Myers, two beautiful coastal cities in southwest Florida. The student will have the opportunity to associate with a diverse team of faculty within the UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The position responsibilities include, but are not limited to, developing and testing research hypothesis, designing and executing field experiments, collecting data, performing statistical analysis, writing reports and drafting manuscripts, presenting results at conferences, and publishing results in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants must have excellent oral and writing communication skills. Candidates with experience in horticultural science, weed science, soil science or closely related subjects and a desire to conduct applied research in the field are encouraged to apply. The full-time position is available starting with the summer term that begins in May 2020.
To apply, please submit the following to Dr. Ramdas Kanissery (rkanissery@ufl.edu):

- Current C.V. with contact information (e-mail address, phone number) and a minimum of three references
- GRE and TOEFL scores (if available)
- Cover letter explaining your interest in the position, specific skills and knowledge that will contribute to the position, and your career goals.

Contact: Ramdas Kanissery, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Sciences
University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
2685 State Road 29 N, Immokalee, FL 34142
Email: rkanissery@ufl.edu
Phone: (239)658-3455
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Field & Fork Assistantship Opportunity (Posted: Feb 7, 2019)

The Field & Fork Campus Food Program is offering a graduate assistantship to conduct research on sustainable agriculture and food systems at the Field & Fork Farm and Gardens. The graduate assistantship is for two years (Fall 2019 – Summer 2021) at the MS level, and consists of a 0.5 FTE (20 hours per week) commitment to working on the farm (see below for assistantship description). A tuition waiver is included in the assistantship. Assistantship duties include creating a robust research project related to sustainable agriculture and food systems; then coordinating with the Field and Fork staff and interns to implement it. The position will spend at least 10 hrs. a week completing farm related tasks under the farm manager’s direction to assist the Field and Fork Program’s core mission of sustainable food production, facilitation is experiential learning and development of extension/outreach activities.

Applicants should contact potential advisors in departments throughout IFAS interested in advising her/his research. The applicant-advisor pair should submit a joint letter of interest (max. 2 pages) detailing the research proposal. This proposal should indicate how well their respective scientific interests/skillsets align as well as the contribution of the proposed research to sustainable agriculture and food systems in Florida. Given the significant time commitment allocated to farming to fulfill the assistantship, applicants should have a strong interest in learning and conducting a variety of farming tasks outside, in potentially harsh conditions (insects, weather).
To apply, interested applicants should submit their resume and letter of interest to Dina Liebowitz (dinalieb@ufl.edu) by March 15, 2019. Applicants must also ensure that they meet the admission criteria of the academic unit where they would complete their graduate research, should they be selected for the assistantship. For more information or if you have any question, please contact Anna Prizzia (aprizzia@ufl.edu).

https://hos.ifas.ufl.edu/public/jobs/2019%20FF%20Graduate%20Assistantship%20For%20Distribution.pdf
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Graduate Student in Root Biology

A new position for an MSc or PhD student is available in Dr. Lorenzo Rossi’s plant root biology laboratory. The position will be affiliated with the University of Florida Department of Horticultural Sciences. Research will be conducted at UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) located in Fort Pierce, Florida. Dr Rossi joined UF/IFAS at IRREC in early 2018, as the center’s first Horticultural Science Root Biologist. Dr. Rossi is known for his successful research experiments with fruit crop trees in Italy, North Carolina, and in Texas, where he evaluated genetic and environmental stresses on roots. His work with Florida citrus trees focuses on the roots, the first part of the tree to show symptoms of huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening infection. The accepted graduate student of root biology will conduct research on HLB-affected citrus tree roots. Research projects will include (1) growing citrus trees in greenhouse, (2) root system architecture analysis and (3) anatomical, physiological and molecular characterization of HLB infected roots. The candidate is expected to work in the laboratory as well as in the greenhouse and in the field. Strong interpersonal skills are required for a team-oriented root biology program.
Candidates with a strong background and hands-on experience (preferred) in plant biology, botany, and molecular biology are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have completed at least a BSc degree in a plant science related area (agronomy, plant biology, horticulture, soil and water sciences). Interested candidates for this position are encouraged to send an application, including a cover letter (maximum 2 pages with statement of interest), a curriculum vitae, a copy of transcripts, GRE scores (TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants), and the names of three references to Dr. Lorenzo Rossi (l.rossi@ufl.edu). The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant and Sea-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 60,000 students
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