Employment Opportunities

The Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC), part of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), is seeking qualified individuals to join our plant breeding team. Please see the job descriptions below for more information.

Plant Breeding Scientist

The plant breeding program at MREC is seeking a highly motivated scientist to conduct studies in Hops breeding. This position requires a strong background and interest in plant breeding or genetics, a desire to work on both applied and molecular approaches and experience in data analysis using R. 

Applicants should also have experience with tissue culture, effective writing and presentation skills as well as a demonstrated record of research productivity as evidenced by quality publications. This position has an anticipated start date of September 2018 and salary is competitive and will commensurate with background and experience. The position term is two years and renewable contingent on funding and performance.

For more information, visit Alfred Huo's website or check out the job description directly here.

Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Plant Breeding

Do you have a passion for plants and interest in working with CRISPR/Cas9 during your doctoral program? MREC seeking a highly motivated student to join our plant breeding program, with a graduate assistantship immediately available in the Department of Environmental Horticulture

The candidate's primary project will focus on the development of ornamental plants with enhanced abiotic stress tolerance and disease resistance. The candidate will maintain a newly developed mapping population and perform phenotypic evaluation for genetic analysis as well as prepare a DNA library for illumina sequencing and analyze data for genetic mapping. The candidate will also receive training in plant biotechnology to develop gene-edited ornamental and vegetable mutants using CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cplf. This multidisciplinary program combines education in genetics, molecular biology, genomics, tissue culture, plant physiology and plant pathology in the heart of Florida's nursery industry.

For more information, visit Alfred Huo's website or check out the job description directly here.

Agricultural/Food Scientist II

  • Provide (directly or indirectly, as time and resources permit) the requested level of project assistance that facilitates the timely completion of extension and research projects. Specifically, this would include the following:  Implement and oversee garden development, plantings, collections, installations, accessioning and maintenance in Gardens of the Big Bend, including the NAPCC National Magnolia Collection; this includes digging, moving soil, planting, weeding, pruning plants and applying pesticides and herbicides, working with volunteers, faculty, farm and other staff as needed.
  • Implement lab, greenhouse, nursery, landscape and field projects (including procuring plants and supplies, offsite field surveys or plots, plot layout, planting (digging holes and planting in the ground, or re-potting plants into containers as large as 45-gallon pots), treatment applications, data collection and cultural practices needed to sustain each project, including pesticide applications); develop written reports as needed; oversee day-to-day operation of projects, working with volunteers, faculty, farm and other staff as needed.
  • Provide assistance with the planning, preparation, and execution of extension-related resources, activities, and functions.
  • Conduct literature searches, perform appropriate statistical analysis of data and assist with manuscript/presentation preparation.
  • Implement greenhouse, nursery, landscape and field projects related to Rosa species and the rose industry, including collaborations with plant pathologists.
  • Perform related work as required.


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Marketing and Communication Specialist

Designs and develops print, web, video, social and digital media products for the DPP and its programs and projects. Provides media and communications proposals to the department chair.  Writes press releases, newsletter articles, interviews, prepares descriptive material for website to promote the DPP and its teaching, research, and Extension programs. Designs publications, brochures, flyers, bookmarks, newsletters, and other materials in various formats. Assists in producing videos for the department and its programs and projects. Creates the media products needed to ensure high DPP visibility and positive image.

Manages the DPP 's branding efforts. Conducts training in social media and related topics. Recommends branding and marketing strategies. Designs and executes comprehensive branding and marketing program.  The scope of these branding activities include teaching (resident and online, undergraduate and graduate), research and Extension.

Manages a social media presence for the DPP. Collects and analyzes trends and audience data. Uses these data when developing and implementing branding and communications programs.

Coordinates final editing of grant proposals as needed. Prepare or assist with reviewing and preparing reports, presentations, and publications (for scientific and non-scientific audiences) as needed.

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A&R Greens Nursery Inc. Seeks Motivated Individual for Nursery Duties

Nursery duties would include...

Generally, anything involving the healthy, successful growth of plants. 

Specializing in herbs, annuals, perennials.

Potting, pruning, propagation, fertilizing, pulling orders, routine grounds maintenance, delivery, infrastructure upkeep, etc.

A&R Greens Nursery Inc. would like help from individuals who would genuinely like to pursue a career in the horticulture field. A&R Greens Nursery Inc. is growing quite rapidly with limitless potential and is in need of people who are interested in sticking it out with their team to help the company grow. 

Amir Reoven
(352) 214-5700