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  • Assistant Professor in Agricultural Operations Management

    This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position with a 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 60% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) appointment. Tenure will accrue in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE).

    The Agricultural Operations Management (AOM) program gives students managerial, quantitative, statistical, and technical hands-on training in applications including agricultural production; food supply chains; sales, procurement, and distribution; and energy and environmental systems.  The successful candidate will work with the ABE department to ensure that the AOM program continues to provide competent and successful graduates meeting workforce needs. Competitive candidates will demonstrate knowledge and experience appropriate to teach AOM courses related to construction and operations management. Additional experience in the areas of sustainable systems as related to energy, climate, agricultural production, and food systems are desirable. Teaching AOM curriculum involves hands-on courses that expose students to the latest tools and skills they will need to be successful in their professional careers. The successful candidate will be expected to integrate laboratory and experiential learning opportunities into their courses. The ABE AOM program is built on a strong teaching foundation and attracts students from many other departments.

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  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Food Chain Resilience Engineer

    This is a 9-month, tenure-accruing position that will be 20% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), 70% research and 10% administrative (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.

    This senior-level faculty position will provide visionary leadership in prediction-based food and other integrated supply chain systems resilience. Duties will include leading departmental and college in Artificial Intelligence AI; providing expertise in risk and resilience analysis of the food and other biosystems considering a systems approach that reduces losses, waste, and inefficiency along the food chain leading towards circularity; providing experience in modeling systems and with actionable and interpretable AI; evaluating impacts of novel foods and shocks to food systems, forestalling future shocks from pandemics or other disruptors; teaching a graduate course on using AI, engineering resilience and modeling in food and other supply chain systems; engaging in multidisciplinary research across IFAS and other colleges; and providing presence in AI at the national and international level as it relates to food systems.

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  • Graduate Research Assistantship - Agricultural Safety and Health and Artificial Intelligence

    Graduate Research Assistantship

    A research assistantship is available for a Ph.D. student to work on agricultural safety and health-related project. The student will be working with Dr. Serap Gorucu and will be working on an artificial intelligence-related project for agricultural safety and health. The University of Florida is a lead institution of the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (SCCAHS). SCCAHS explores and addresses the occupational safety and health needs of people working in agriculture, fishing, and forestry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. This student also will gain practical and research experience working with SCCAHS faculty.

    Possible research topics may include developing risk assessment tools to improve workers' safety, using engineering controls for agricultural hazards, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning applications for agricultural safety and health. In addition to research/thesis expectations, opportunities exist for outreach activities with industry and stakeholders.

    This research assistantship will provide funding covering a competitive stipend, tuition, and health insurance.

    Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Required Qualifications: Ideal candidate is expected to have a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or closely related fields.

    TOEFL: TOEFL is required for non-native English speakers.

    How to Apply: If interested, please contact Dr. Serap Gorucu (serapgorucu@ufl.edu) with a copy of your CV and research statement. In addition, students should apply to the University of Florida Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. More information can be found at abe.ufl.edu/graduate/admissions.

  • Postdoctoral - Agricultural Engineering (Automation and Robotics)

    Postdoctoral of Agricultural Engineering (Automation and Robotics)

    The Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) 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 (including UAVs) 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).

  • Engineering Technician II - III - Indian River Research and Education Center

    This is a full-time engineering technician position working in the Smart Irrigation and Hydrology, (SIAH) Agricultural engineering team (https://irrec.ifas.ufl.edu/guzman/) at the Indian River Research and Education Center (https://irrec.ifas.ufl.edu/). The selected candidate will be responsible for advancing PI-provided projects from the engineering concept stage through the detailed design, purchase of materials, construction, testing and operation. As needed, the position will provide reviews and/or summary reports, plans, and specifications for projects and devices. The person is required to supervise lab members including staff and OPS assistants. These duties include actively participating in and/or delegating activities to team members as appropriate to ensure projects are managed up to completion. Coordination, supervision, and/or implementation of PI-designed research projects. The person is required to have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive vehicles to the field.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate - Indian River Research and Education Center

    Background Information:

    The postdoctoral associate will work in the Smart Irrigation and Hydrology, (SIAH) Agricultural engineering team (https://irrec.ifas.ufl.edu/guzman/) at the Indian River Research and Education Center (https://irrec.ifas.ufl.edu/). The Indian River Research and Education Center is a unit of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida and is located on a 700-acre site west of Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County. Fort Pierce is located on the east coast of Florida, 50 miles north of West Palm Beach. The internationally recognized research center is located in a major agricultural region in which nurseries, citrus, beef cattle, and vegetables are major industries. The IRREC is an interdisciplinary unit of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the Florida Extension Service, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, all of which are administered by IFAS to serve the land-grant mission.

    Required Experience: experience with sensor-based irrigation management, data analysis, decision support systems, soil-plant-water sampling protocols, and time series analysis

    Preferred Experience: experience with participatory modeling, extension activities, project management, water quality sampling and analysis, machine learning and statistical analysis. Ability to efficiently plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals

    Special Knowledge/skills: experience with hydrological and crop modeling. Programming experience with Phyton (R, or MATLAB equivalent) databases, ArcMap, and data analysis tools