The University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida is seeking broadly-trained candidates for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate. This is a 12- month, non-tenure track, full-time position in the field of plant pathology. The incumbent will have the opportunity to conduct basic and applied research primarily on the role of phytases produced by beneficial rhizobacteria in plant growth including screening of superior bacterial strains, investigation of their mechanisms, characterization of bacterial phytases, assessment of phytases activity, and cloning and transformation of phytase genes into plants for evaluation of their effects on plant growth. The successful candidate will be also involved in research and extension programs focused on vegetable disease management in South Florida, and will have opportunities to help instruct graduate students and supervise undergraduate students.
This position will emphasize the role of phytase production by beneficial bacteria in plant growth enhancement. In addition, the incumbent will be expected to be involved in other research and extension activities in the area of vegetable plant pathology, assist in seeking and securing extramural program support, work as a team with other members of laboratory and state and county specialists, and cultivate relationships with various community, state, and federal stakeholders.
An earned Ph.D. in molecular plant pathology, plant biology or microbiology; ability to function within a diverse team of faculty and students; effective written and oral communication skills; and familiarity with statistical analysis software.
Preferred qualifications: Experience with biological control of plant disease and plant growth promotion by beneficial microbes; molecular microbiology or microbial ecology; strong publication record; ability to communicate with growers and to produce educational materials for diverse audiences.