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Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Available in Honey Bee Molecular Diagnostics 

Date Available: Immediately

Location:
Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL)
Entomology and Nematology Department
Bldg. 970, Steinmetz Hall
Natural Area Dr.
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32611-0629
http://www.ufhoneybee.com

Appointment:
The position is full-time for one year. This is a non-tenure accruing position.

Pay Rate:
$48,000 - $50,000/year

The Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate who will be required to lead a grant-funded project developing molecular markers for Apis species and unwanted Apis mellifera subspecies. The postdoc will also be required to collaborate on a project discovering new diagnostic tools for honey bee pests and diseases. The postdoc will be required to work closely with other HBREL research team members and outside collaborators, to produce project reports to fulfill the duties associated with grant(s), and peer-reviewed manuscripts. The technical proficiency of a potential candidate for the position may be assessed prior to hiring. Opportunities to engage with scientific and public audiences are available. 

Qualifications:
Minimum requirements: PhD in Entomology, Molecular Biology, or a related discipline; experience with DNA extraction, Sanger sequencing and RT-PCR techniques; evidence of research productivity.

Experience with project management, large-scale datasets, and mitochondrial genome assembly and annotation are highly desirable. Knowledge of honey bees is desired, but not required.

A review of applications will begin 27 July 2020 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants must submit applications to Mr. Branden Stanford (bstanford56@ufl.edu). To be considered for this position, one must submit (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) pdf copies of three refereed publications (if publications are available), and (4) unofficial university transcripts. (5) Furthermore, it is the candidate’s responsibility to arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to Mr. Stanford from the individuals supplying the letters. Email submission of complete application is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please email Dr. Jamie Ellis (jdellis@ufl.edu) with any questions. 

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392- 2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly
diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is
committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions,  including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome  applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Available in the Mallinger Lab

Start date: Late fall 2020 or by January 1, 2021 at the latest

Location: This position is based on the main campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville is a lively college town offering a strong arts and music scene along with plentiful outdoor recreation activities. UF was recently ranked in the top 10 public universities in the U.S., and UF’s Department of Entomology and Nematology was rated best in the world in 2017. Field work will be conducted in the area around Gainesville and will require day trips and possibly infrequent overnight trips.

Salary: $50,000/year

Duration: This is a fully-funded position for 3 years. The appointment will be offered for 1 year with renewal for up to 3 years pending satisfactory performance.

The post-doctoral position is part of a collaborative multi-state USDA NIFA SCRI funded project on improving pollination of cultivated blueberries. The post-doc in the Mallinger Lab will be focused primarily on researching blueberry pollination biology and plant-pollinator interactions including evaluating blueberry pollination requirements, determining floral traits that enhance plant attractiveness to pollinators, and measuring variation in plant pollination requirements and floral traits across plant genotypes. The position will also include field and lab work to address other objectives in collaboration with WSU and MSU including the effects of managed bee stocking density on pollination rates, and the effects of temperature and humidity on pollen viability, bee activity, and pollination success. The post-doc will additionally be responsible for helping plan and carry out extension activities related to the project. Research will involve field, greenhouse, and lab components, and candidates will be expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students, write peer-reviewed publications, and present research at both scientific meetings and to stakeholders. For more information on the Mallinger Lab, please visit www.rachelmallinger.com.

Minimum qualifications: 1) PhD in relevant field such as ecology, entomology, horticulture or botany, 2) research experience in plant-insect interactions, 3) a desire and ability to conduct field research in cropping systems, and 4) evidence of ability to publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred qualifications: Research experience in pollination ecology and/or chemical ecology and proficiency with R for statistical computing and graphics. Research will include evaluating pollen and nectar chemistry and floral volatiles across blueberry genotypes.

For full consideration, please send a cover letter describing your interest in the position and qualifications, CV, and list of three references with contact information as a single pdf file to Dr. Rachel Mallinger at rachel.mallinger@ufl.edu by August 25, 2020. Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.

Contact: Dr. Rachel Mallinger, rachel.mallinger@ufl.edu 

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Available in Non- Target Effects of Mosquito Larvicides on Mosquitoes, Honey Bees and Mosquito Fish

Available: September 1, 2020

Location: 
Urban Entomology Laboratory
Entomology and Nematology Dept.
Steinmetz Hall, 1881 Natural Area Dr.
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

Salary: $48,000/year

Appointment: The position is full-time for one year, with two years of funding support possible. This is a non-tenure accruing position.

The Urban Entomology Laboratory is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate whose primary responsibility will be to address the effect of liquid formulation larvicides for acute / chronic toxicity on target mosquito larvae, non-target honey bees and mosquito fish in laboratory and semi-field assays.

The postdoc will work with the PI (Dr. Rebecca Baldwin) and collaborator (Dr. Roberto Pereira) as well and personnel at the Anastasia Mosquito Control District, commercial beekeepers, and personnel at the urban entomology laboratory to develop a nationally recognized, applied research program.

This research will evaluate the potential adverse effects of juvenile hormone (JH) analog and microbial mosquito larvicides on honey bees, mosquito fish, and test the efficacy of these products on larval mosquitoes, including the acute toxicity and chronic toxicity. 

Furthermore, the postdoc will mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and work with other scientists in the laboratory. The postdoc will produce thorough project reports to fulfill the duties associated with any grant and sponsored program requirements, in addition to refereed manuscripts in which the project results will be published.

The postdoc will conduct adult mosquito feeding on live hosts (chickens) which will require the handling, maintenance (cage cleaning, feeding, watering, housing), and record keeping according to the approved IACUC schedule and protocol IACUC #201903836. 

Qualifications:

  1. A PhD in entomology, biology, or a related discipline.
  2. Experience with insect bioassay and control.
  3. Ability to be trained and certified for animal contact according to IACUC requirements. Preferably experienced in adult mosquito feeding on live hosts and ability to handle and care for chickens as live hosts according to approved IACUC protocol IACUC #201903836.
  4. Ability to work with honey bees.
  5. Valid Driver’s license and ability to drive vehicle to field sites.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.

Contact: Dr. Roberto M. Pereira, rpereira@ufl.edu. 

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Research Technician position available in the Dale lab. 

Project: Developing insect pest management protocols for biodiversity-certified plant production.

Location: Gainesville, FL

Salary: $20/hour, full time 40 hr/week, one year guaranteed with potential for extension.

Start date: January 4, 2021

There is currently a boom in the pollinator and wildlife-friendly horticulture market. Effective insect pest management is critical to produce saleable plant material. Although plant production practices have shifted towards pest control tactics that are more compatible with pollinators and beneficial insects, many commonly used insecticides remain toxic to beneficial
insects and can even pose risks after retail purchase. Despite pollinator-friendly or wildlife-friendly plants being widely available, plant nursery production methods can negate their conservation value. This project will develop protocols for reducing pests while minimizing negative non-target effects on insects of conservation interest.


This individual will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Florida to develop pest management protocols for wildlife-friendly plants that control key pests without compromising the conservation value and wildlife services the plants provide. The individual will directly oversee experimental setup, execution, and completion, which includes plant maintenance, insect rearing, pesticide applications, and data collection in greenhouse and nursery settings. This individual will also oversee a small team of undergraduate researchers who will help with plant maintenance, experiments, and data collection. 

Qualifications:
Required: B.S. in entomology, horticulture, or a related discipline. Experience working independently. Previous experience with plants in nursery or greenhouse settings, working with pesticides, and working with insects. Must have a Florida pesticide license or being willing to obtain
one within a month after the start date.

Preferred: M.S. in entomology, horticulture, or a related discipline. Experience with scientific and
technical writing; data entry, visualization, and analysis; working with a team.

If interested and qualified, please send a resume and cover letter to Dr. Adam Dale.
Adam Dale
352-273-3976
agdale@ufl.edu
https://dalelab.org 

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.

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