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Postdoctoral of Agricultural Engineering, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center

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 post- doctoral 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).

Assistant Professor in Precision Water Management

This is a 9-month, tenure track position, 40% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department (ABE), Institute of Food and Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida.

This position will address application and development of water management technologies, water-use efficiency and evaluation and use of alternative water supplies for irrigated agriculture. Research should ultimately consider long-term water resource and agricultural sustainability, considering the balance between environmental impacts and Best Management Practices (BMPs). The position will consider agricultural water management at a systems level that includes spatial and temporal analysis and evaluation of water demand and supply.

This position requires a Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Agricultural, Civil, or Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, Soil and Water Science or a closely-related field. Read more...

Assistant Professor in Big Data Analytics in Agricultural and Natural Resources Systems

Current developments in data sciences are producing fundamental shifts in many economic sectors. However, in spite of their central role in human welfare, the potential for big data and analytics for Agricultural and Natural Resources systems remains largely untapped. The time horizon in the “farm to fork” ecosystem must be re-visited using better data, curated data, small data, big data, “bigger” data. Hence, making data and analytics meaningful in the context of a wholistic “farm to fork” concept (which spans several organizations and industries) is central to advancing the mission of agriculture and food systems for the future. The successful candidate must grasp the immense significance of ABE related research in helping to feed 10 billion people in the world, circa 2050. Where and how can data, information and knowledge help in this gigantic jig-saw puzzle? If data is the “new salt” then how can it improve lives and the future of agricultural and natural resources systems? (Requisition #507829) Read more...

Assistant Professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The ABE Biological Engineering program currently includes four concentrations – Biosystems Engineering, Land and Water Resources Engineering, Packaging Engineering, and Agricultural Production Engineering. The candidate will contribute to teaching and research in one or more of the four concentrations. The candidate will also contribute to the Biological Engineering ABET accreditation process by working with faculty leading this effort. The candidate is expected to engage with the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, coordinate recruitment activities for engineering students, and represent ABE on the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering curriculum committee. (Requisition #507832) Read more...

Assistant Professor in Sustainable Food Systems Engineering

The faculty member in this position will be responsible for building a research and teaching program that addresses engineering issues at the forefront of food systems. Food security and sovereignty are dynamic pillars of food systems, and this position will train future professionals and develop state of the art engineering solutions on complex problems at the food/energy/water/climate nexus. Candidates should have demonstrated knowledge and expertise in food systems and a strong background in food engineering, biological engineering, or a related discipline. Applicants should demonstrate how their proposed research/teaching program can train a new workforce focused on convergence of technology, consumer needs, the human-AI interface, and/or other emerging frontiers. (Requisition #507782) Read more...

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. (Requisition #507645) Read more...

Ph.D. Student Position, Tropical Research and Education Center

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE - http://www.abe.ufl.edu) and the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC- https://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/) are looking for an outstanding and highly motivated graduate student who is interested to pursue a Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Dr. Haimanote Bayabil in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida. The successful candidate will work in the areas in hydrology, environmental engineering, water resources management, and irrigation. Primary responsibilities include designing and implementing research projects, data collection and analysis, preparing research results for publication, presenting at national meetings, and assisting the PI in the preparation of grant proposals. The position requires strong programming and data analytics skills. Communication skills and writing proficiency are also required. Contact Dr. Haimanote Bayabil at hbayabil@ufl.edu for more information.

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