This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) available at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include development and dissemination of horticultural technologies to sustain and improve Florida citrus production with emphasis on citrus greening disease therapies, evaluation of promising selections from the UF/IFAS citrus breeding program, and citrus nursery improvements. The faculty member must function successfully as a collaborative member of interdisciplinary Extension and Research teams. Tenure will accrue in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department (ABE). The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program. The faculty member will lead in Extension activities in his or her program area.
The faculty member in this position will develop successful and nationally recognized research and extension programs in precision agriculture with focus on citrus, fresh-market vegetables (e.g. tomato, pepper) other future crops, and natural systems. Desired research interests may include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for agriculture and natural systems, smart sensor design computer vision, robotic automation, remote sensing, GIS, wireless sensor network, and big data application. Example research includes use of UAVs in identifying spatial patterns in crop and/or pests within a farm and precision application of agricultural inputs such as water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Extension component will include development of a successful educational program to bring on-the-ground changes through adoption and evaluation of state-of-the-art precision agriculture equipment and techniques with a goal of improving the profitability and environmental sustainability of Florida’s fruit and vegetable industry.
A doctorate in Engineering or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to participate in collaborative efforts, and procurement of external 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.
We seek an interdisciplinary engineer with the ability to integrate the use of remote sensing technologies for precision agriculture applications. It is desired that the candidate have previous experience in areas of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture, sensors and its integration with robotics for fruit and vegetable crops. Postdoctoral experience is desirable.
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