University of Florida in cooperation with USDA, ARS, U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, Florida is searching for a POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE in Plant Pathology, or a related agricultural discipline, for a THREE YEAR APPOINTMENT. Ph.D. is required. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits are included. Citizenship restrictions apply. Incumbent will characterize the spatial and temporal patterns of infection of viral epidemics and whitefly densities in production fields, with emphasis placed on quantifying off-season disease and insect pressure from unmanaged/abandoned production plantings, neighboring fallow fields, irrigation ditches, forest stands, and hedgerows. The incumbent will use these data (along with an earlier data set) to develop a risk prediction model (RPM) that quantifies how preseason production decisions (e.g., planting date and location, choice of cultivar, IPM practices, etc.), historical disease and insect pressure, and past weather events combine to impact the risk for disease under the biological and economic constraints that maximize profits of vegetable producers. The incumbent will be expected to design and coordinate surveys and/or field trials in the major production regions of southwest Florida with the assistance of the lead scientist. Further, the incumbent will work with team members to integrate the RPM into an information and communication technology platform (e.g., web-based platform with smartphone access) to allow effective dissemination of regional risk prediction to facilitate AWPM for whiteflies, as a precursor to area pest managementfor tracking whiteflies and virus spread, and for delivering regional management recommendations to growers and industry specialists. Througout the course of the project the incument will be expected to disseminate research results through a combination of trade and research publications, factsheets, and industry and scientific talks that will be made available and subsequently archived on a project-specific web site. Send application materials and references to Dr. William Turechek, USDA-ARS-USHRL,2001 South Rock Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34945-3030or email@example.com. University of Florida and USDA, ARS are equal opportunity providers and employers.