16220000 - LS-GEOGRAPHY

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Gainesville, FLORIDA
Deadline:

Classification Title:

Post Doctoral Associate

Job Description:

The University of Florida (UF) Department of Geography invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate (PDA). The successful candidate will be appointed to the Department of Geography (https://geog.ufl.edu/) with potential for an additional location within the Emerging Pathogens Institute (requiring satisfactory security clearances and the availability of space in that facility). The Postdoctoral Associate will conduct research involving field studies, statistical modeling as well as assisting with microbiological diagnostic techniques for pathogens of Eastern North American hard-bodied ticks.

This position is supported by the CDC Centers of Excellence Program in Vector Borne Diseases with the site located in Gainesville, Florida.

Because of the responsibilities, the PDA must be able to engage in moderately rigorous outdoor field work involving cross-country tracking in forests and grasslands throughout the state – up to 5 miles/day. 

Specific responsibilities:

  • The PDA will perform and help coordinate field sampling and collection of questing Ixodid ticks throughout mainland Florida using established protocols.
  • The PDA will be responsible for data management and data quality of surveys as well as ancillary environmental data.
  • The PDA will use standard Environmental Niche Modeling software to identify the anticipated species’ distributions.
  • The PDA will help design validation protocols for developed models.
  • The PDA will assist with the development of necessary reporting and documentation to the CDC.
  • As needed, the PDA will assist other collaborators with laboratory diagnostic testing for targeted pathogens.
  • It is expected that, as time is available, the PDA will identify other basic science questions that can be addressed within the framework of the project and develop independent research that leads to publications and/or research proposals.

    The position is renewable annually for up to three years based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. A Ph.D. in Geography, Ecology, Biology  or a related field is required prior to the start date.

    The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

     

    Advertised Salary:

    The salary is commensurate with qualifications and skills and includes health benefits.  

    Minimum Requirements:

    A Ph.D. in Geography, Ecology, Biology or a related field is required. The PDA must be able to engage in moderately rigorous outdoor field work involving cross-country tracking in forests and grasslands throughout the state – up to 5 miles/day. 

    Preferred Qualifications:

     

     

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    The Expected start date is September 1, 2017. The salary is commensurate with qualifications and skills and includes health benefits. For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/503012?lApplicationSubSourceID =  and must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a research proposal summarizing the applicant's ongoing research directions, and interests, (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) publication list. In addition, names and email address for three or more references must be provided on the application. An email will be sent automatically to your references, requesting them to upload their letter. Applications will be reviewed beginning 14 August 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by 11 August 2017. For further information please contact: Gregory E. Glass ( http://geog.ufl.edu/faculty/glass/ ) gglass@ufl.edu

    The final 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 educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .

    Health Assessment Required: No.

     


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