Thursday, June 13, 2013

University of Florida - Aquatic Plants position:

University of Florida position announcement – Biological Scientist, Aquatic Plants in Davie FL
This Biological Scientist position is located at the University of Florida IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie FL. In collaboration with the supervisor, the successful candidate will conduct aquatic plant culture and control experiments in the field, greenhouse, mesocosm and laboratory. Experiments may involve plant collection, propagation, care and maintenance of containerized plants, herbicide applications, plant growth measurements, tissue analysis and genetic analysis. The successful candidate will also be responsible for managing the day to day operation of the aquatic plant program, including maintenance of research facilities and the teaching and research plant collection. This position involves extensive outdoor work under inclement conditions, including extreme heat, humidity and chest-deep water.
Minimum Requirements:
A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and one year of appropriate experience. Appropriate college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an agricultural field
• Record of grantsmanship
• Proficiency using SAS, SigmaPlot and Acrobat
• Record of publication in peer-reviewed and trade publications
• Experience participating in Extension programming by preparing and giving talks to licensed pesticide applicators and authoring or co-authoring EDIS documents
• Ability to conceptualize, plan, design and conduct independent research experiments
• Experience working with molecular genetics laboratory equipment (DNA extraction, amplification, purification, marker analysis, etc.)
• Familiarity with Florida’s common native and invasive aquatic and wetland plants
• Ability to maintain and repair mechanical equipment (boat motors, pumps, etc.)
• Licensed in additional categories, particularly natural areas, right of way, demonstration and research, ornamental and turf
Health Assessment Required:    Yes
Special instructions to applicants:
Work with little or no supervision
Work under adverse conditions (extreme heat, high humidity, chest-deep water, etc.)
Travel up to 10% of the time
Lift up to 80 lbs. without assistance
Florida restricted-use pesticide applicator’s license: aquatic category (or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment)
• Florida driver’s license (or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment)
• Florida Boater Safety Education ID Card. As required ( or ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment)
Posting Date:     06/10/2013
Closing Date:      06/20/2013

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