The Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department Chair provides: (1) Support and coordination of faculty and staff visioning, planning, developing and implementing Department’s programs in teaching, research, and extension in accord with the Land-Grant mission. (2) Leadership in recruiting and fostering academic growth and professional development of faculty, staff, and students. (3) Administration of the Department’s human and financial resources; and (4) Promotion of external funding opportunities. (5) Leadership and administration of teaching, research and extension programs in the ABE Department as well as coordination of ABE programs at the UF/IFAS Research and Education Centers throughout the state. (6) Responsible for the administration and development of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering academic program through the College of Engineering and the Agricultural Operations Management program through the College of Agriculture.
Two (2) Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions
Three (3) Graduate Student Positions
The University of Florida is seeking applicants to fill 2 postdoctoral research associates and 3 graduate student positions. They will be part of a transdisciplinary project—in collaboration with Columbia University (CU) and East Carolina University (ECU)— entitled “Towards a Multi-scale Theory of Coupled Human Mobility and Environment Change.” The project aims at applying a mixed-methods approach to develop a modeling framework that integrates environmental modeling, social dynamics, and migration theories and then to use such a modeling framework to develop an integrative theory of coupled dynamics of migration and environmental change. Some of the methods include dynamical system modeling, multilayer network approaches, climate and hydrological modeling, and Bayesian inference analyses. Different aspects of the project will be conducted across the three universities. The team will meet remotely on a regular basis and annual workshops will be held where all the team members will meet in person.
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Ph.D. Position, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
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 PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis. The selected candidate will work in the area of 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 (Contact Dr. Ampatzidis for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Center Director and Professor, Tropical Research and Education Center
The Center Director is the administrative head of the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) located in Homestead and provides leadership and support for the teaching, research and extension programs essential to the agricultural, horticultural, natural resource conservation, environmental and consumer interests of the area. The Director is responsible for promoting the development of proactive programs addressing the present and future needs of the surrounding agricultural, natural resource and urban communities. TREC programs seek to improve the viability of regional agricultural economies, protect and enhance natural resources, and encourage positive interaction at the urban-agriculture interface.