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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Available Positions

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  • Engineer I (Full-Time Staff)

    Engineer I (Full-Time Staff)

    • Assist with design and selection of components for implementing field and controlled environment experiments related to sensors, data collection, and related programming/software including programming dataloggers, and managing and administrating Linux OS. These duties include computer and data transfer, storage, and backup needs for design of such systems.
    • Assist in installation, repair, and management of data collection equipment, both remote and wired. Diagnose and repair electronic instruments used to monitor and record a variety of environmental conditions. Test new electronic equipment/instruments for application in a variety of field locations. Evaluate experiment protocol, select and calibrate sensors as needed. Make recommendations for alteration, upgrades, and replacement of hardware components.
    • Instruct others, including graduate students, in the procedures to operate, maintain, and program automated data acquisition equipment. Plan and coordinate the purchase of data acquisition, computer upgrades including hardware and software upgrades for Linux OS, and related equipment.
    • Provide backup to IT staff and other core department needs, including the backup of field experiments data for future use.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Knowledge of concepts, terminology, principles and analytical techniques of engineering
    • Skills in programming with computer software, including management and administration of Linux OS
    • Skills in using engineering tools, equipment and/or instruments related to data collection and electronics
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
    • Ability to analyze and interpret engineering data and trouble shoot problems
    • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
    • Ability to communicate engineering information effectively, verbally and in writing

  • Ph.D. Assistantship - Big Data Analytics

    Ph.D. Assistantship - Big Data Analytics

    A Ph.D. assistantship is available in the Agriculture & Biological Engineering Department at the University of Florida to investigate and apply strategies for enhancing the intelligence in managing various agricultural and natural resource systems using big data analytics. The tentative directions include, but are not limited to, assessment of climate change impacts, automated farming systems, autonomous machinery, Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QAQC) for IoT networks, etc. This is an opportunity to be at the forefront of applying sophisticated data management platform and data-driven decision making in urban and rural agricultural systems.

  • Postdoc for Soil-Water-Plant System Modeling

    Postdoc for Soil-Water-Plant System Modeling

    Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department and Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida (UF), seeks a post-doctoral associate to work on a multi-disciplinary project in Florida’s Everglades region to evaluate a new agricultural production system for fresh produce with regards to water and nutrient transport to ground water and surface water, flooding and associated diseases, hurricane damage, plant performance, and labor health.

  • Postdoctoral of 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 ( 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