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Position: Research & Development Manager
Institution: University of Florida
Department: Ag-Environmental Horticulture
Location: Gainesville, Florida, United States
Duties: Plan, design, manage, coordinate and conduct research projects on breeding and genetics of several herbs, vegetables and ornamental plant species types independently. Develop and/or utilize various techniques for physiological or molecular screening of plants for expression of different genetic traits. Write and review manuscripts for scientific and trade publications. Assist the PI with: preparing and submitting competitive grants, preparing and presenting scientific presentations, preparing annual and bi-annual reports for granting agencies, providing crop culture and postharvest handling and care information to growers, breeders and other industry clientele
Requirements: Commensurate with experience. Master’s degree in an appropriate area of study and seven years of experience in the field
   
Text: Research & Development Manager Apply now Job no: 506322 Work type: Staff Full-Time Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL) Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine, Executive/Director/Management Department: 60180000 - AG-ENVIRONMENTAL HORTICULTURE Classification Title: Research & Development Manager Job Description: Plan, design, manage, coordinate and conduct research projects on breeding and genetics of several herbs, vegetables and ornamental plant species types independently. Develop and/or utilize various techniques for physiological or molecular screening of plants for expression of different genetic traits. These methods could include: whole plant measurements in the greenhouse and field and quantitative analyses of plant molecular or biochemical constituents in the laboratory. All efforts would be directed toward breeding and genetic improvement of many horticultural plant species. Write and review manuscripts for scientific and trade publications. ASSIST the PI with: preparing and submitting competitive grants, preparing and presenting scientific presentations, preparing annual and bi-annual reports for granting agencies, providing crop culture and postharvest handling and care information to growers, breeders and other industry clientele. Assist with coordination of efforts in the Collegiate Plant Initiative and related projects. Plan, coordinate and supervise work assignments for biological Scientist IV, agricultural technician, graduate students, OPS employees and work-study students. Train, guide and hire employees. Coordinate and monitor efficient transfer of technologies from the lab to the greenhouse. Maintain laboratory equipment, records, inventory, supplies and chemicals for laboratory procedures, techniques and equipment. Manage laboratory safety and compliance standards and hazardous waste disposal. Perform statistical data analyses and interpretations including analysis of variance, repeated measures analysis of variance, regression analysis, correlation analysis and other statistical analyses using multiple statistical analysis tools. Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience. Minimum Requirements: Master’s degree in an appropriate area of study and seven years of experience in the field. Preferred Qualifications: Masters degree in horticulture or related plant science field. Significant experience working in a plant breeding program managing large numbers of plants. • In-depth knowledge and understanding of plant anatomy and physiology processes related to plant development and the influence of environment on plant development in the overall context of a plant breeding program. • Ability to assist with writing scientific and trade journal articles. • Ability to assist with preparation and submission of competitive grants. • Ability to recommend and implement operating policies and procedures of an analytical laboratory. Knowledge and experience in evaluating commercially important traits for numerous species of horticultural plants in both greenhouse and field conditions. • Skilled in basic laboratory and analytical techniques and equipment. These could include: basic knowledge of quantitative chemistry for solution preparations; basic molecular biology techniques and genetic transformation of plants; tissue preparations and analysis for microscopic investigations using light and confocal light microscopy, plant volatile collections and quantification using gas chromatography; quantification of flower/leaf pigments. • Knowledge of greenhouse production techniques including plant propagation and crop culture of various horticultural plant species. Ability to recognize plant phenotypes for developing and evaluating new variety introductions for breeding programs. Ability to recognize common plant nutrient deficiencies, diseases and pests. • Experience in directing, modifying, designing, and conducting plant breeding research experiments in greenhouse, field and postproduction evaluation rooms. • Familiar and knowledgeable of horticulture industry clientele. • Communicate effectively verbally and present scientific and industry presentations. • Skilled in experimental designs, statistical analyses and interpretation of results from research experiments. • Ability to coordinate student workers and communicate with members of other collaborating labs. • Ability to supervise staff and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Special Instructions to Applicants: This position is mostly supervisory with some time being spent in an air-conditioned office analyzing data or in a lab conducting analytical experiments. It also involves a fair amount of physical strength and conditioning due to the physical demands of growing, handling and processing plants in greenhouses and fields. Applicant should be able to lift 25 pounds overhead and 50 pounds to waist level, and walk between 5000-10,000 steps per work day. They should also be able to supervise work in the field and greenhouses at temperatures between 35-95 degrees Fahrenheit. For consideration submit a cover letter and resume. Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date. Health Assessment Required: Yes Advertised: 09 Feb 2018 Eastern Standard Time Applications close: 23 Feb 2018 Eastern Standard Time Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend
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