Available Positions

Postdoctoral of Agricultural Engineering (Automation; Robotics)

The Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC- http://www.imok.ufl.edu) is looking for a motivated individual to join the precision ag. engineering team (https://twitter.com/PrecAgSWFREC) as postdoctoral under the supervision of Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis at University of Florida (Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering). The postdoc will support engineering activities such as design, test, verification, modification, fabrication, and assembly of prototype mechatronic systems. The selected candidate will work in the area of Artificial Intelligence-AI, mechatronics, machine vision (e.g. disease detection, yield estimation), robotics and precision farming technologies. Primary responsibilities include developing automated and robotic systems for agricultural applications, designing and implementing research studies, collecting and analyzing data, and assisting the engineering team in preparing research results for publication. Applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be available for an interview (for questions contact Dr. Ampatzidis at i.ampatzidis@ufl.edu).

Ph.D. student (Machine Vision, Automation, Robotics)

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE - http://www.abe.ufl.edu) and the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC- http://www.imok.ufl.edu) is looking for a motivated individual to join its team as a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis at University of Florida. The selected candidate will work in the area of Artificial Intelligence-AI, UAVs, mechatronics, machine vision, robotics and precision farming technologies. Primary responsibilities include designing and implementing research studies, collecting and analyzing data, preparing research results for publication, presenting at national meetings, and assisting the PI in the preparation of grant proposals. Applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be available for an interview (for questions contact Dr. Ampatzidis at i.ampatzidis@ufl.edu).

Assistant Extension Scientist

Assistant Professor in Controlled Environments

This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences-CALS/Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering-HWCOE) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station). Tenure will accrue in ABE. Candidates are expected to develop a research program related to the technology for controlled environments such as those used in greenhouses, indoor farms, plant factories, vertical farming, plant growth chambers or similar systems. These research efforts should be in support of sustainable agricultural production systems related to water and energy through automation and optimization.

Assistant Professor in Risk Analysis, Safety & Health of Agricultural Systems

The faculty member in this position will be responsible for building a program in risk analysis, safety and health challenges that will address the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries (AFF) system in Florida, with an integrated view encompassing jobs in the field (planting, maintenance, harvesting, etc.) through postharvest activities (packing, processing, shipping and handling, etc.). This position will develop partnerships with growers, farm worker groups, processors, equipment manufacturers, and various agencies to assist the AFF industry in maintaining safe and healthy working environments and practices. An interest/background and close collaboration in the social sciences is necessary to address interactions with industry on sensitive safety and health issues, the public health component, understanding adoption, etc. As such it is expected that this faculty member will maintain an active affiliate faculty status with the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, including participating in projects, meetings and graduate supervisory committees.

Contact Us

Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
University of Florida
Main Office, Room 120

Frazier Rogers Hall
1741 Museum Road, Bldg 474
P.O. Box 110570
Gainesville, FL 32611-0570

352-392-1864
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