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Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

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  • Research Administration Assistant


    The Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) Department is seeking a Research Administration Assistant to assist with pre award activities such as preparation and submission of grant proposals; assist faculty in preparing budgets; serve as a liaison with the University of Florida (UF) Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) staff, Contract and Grants (C&G) staff, answer questions and provide documentation as requested.

    Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent and four years of relevant experience. Appropriate college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

    Job Description: These job functions are not all inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed. Listed are examples of duties that would be performed. Incumbent will need to be able to develop and maintain positive relations with the faculty and staff.

    Assists Research Administrator II during peak periods in the preparation and submission of proposals to include the following: assess funding opportunities; assist with the preparation of proposals; review proposals for accuracy and compliance with regulations; assist with the development of budget and budget justification; review proposed budget for compliance with Sponsor and UF guidelines; check budget details for accuracy and proper indirect cost (IDC) rates; coordinate collection of documents needed for submission, e.g., bio sketches, letters of support, etc.; assist with the preparation and collection of subaward documents; input information into the University of Florida Integrated Research Support Tool (UFIRST), Office of Clinical Research (OCR), and / or Sponsor portals and upload all documents for review, internal routing, and grant submission; serve as a liaison with faculty, IFAS, OCR, and the Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP). This person will need to be able to understand sponsor solicitations, assist faculty in developing a competitive and timely proposal in accordance with sponsor guidelines, and understand UF specific proposal requirements (including documentation and eligibility). Incumbent will be responsible for submitting the assigned grant proposal, tracking its progress, and conferring with investigators and campus administrators to ensure that changes or corrections are made as needed. 

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Ability to follow and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
    • Knowledgeable in accounting principles and cost accounting standards
    • Knowledge of departmental, college, university, and agency policies and procedures applicable to contracts and grants
    • Knowledgeable of aspects of proposal processing- pre-award administration and post-award administration
    • Proficient in UFIRST and PeopleSoft
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Pro
    • Ability to work with people at all levels and people with different and distinct personalities and preferences
    • Ability to prioritize and manage priorities
    • Ability to work with deadlines
    • Ability to work under pressure at times
    • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Ability to employ problem-solving techniques

    Work Schedule: 12 to 20 hours depending on grant cycle. M-F, with occasional evenings or weekends if needed for grants cycle. 

    Salary: The expected starting salary will be between $17.00 - $20.00 / hour, based upon education and experience


  • Marketing and Communications Specialist

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    Develop communications and marketing strategies for student recruitment at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Create print and electronic materials for recruitment communication with prospective students and transfer advisers. Work closely with Student Services to maintain up to date print and electronic department content.  Evaluates advertising and promotion material for compatibility with IFAS’ public relations efforts (i.e., branding, social
    media, website, blogging).

    Create and maintain external relations through social media communications, brochures, signage and other.  Incumbent will need to observe trends that might have an impact and make recommendations to enhance FSHN’s image based on these trends.  Communications with alumni, stakeholders, prospective students, and industry/professional contacts will be key.  Support internal communications by identifying appropriate platforms and creating needed materials. Develop a public relations campaign for consistent visibility in higher education context and Department discipline industries.  Provide communication and marketing support for internships and other experiential learning in collaboration with stakeholders.

    Work with content creators and FSHN IT staff to create content for FSHN website related to the research, extension, and teaching programs using a variety of creative modalities.  Serves as a liaison with IFAS Communications for information updates.

    Travel to events and conferences as a representative for the Department.  Maintain contact list for consistent communication as a part of developing and maintaining a department network.  Obtain relevant information at these events to discuss with Department Chair for future budget and marketing goals.

Career Opportunities at FSHN

Application Process:

Prospective applicants must follow the application procedure online through the link below.

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About our Department, College, and University

The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department is a large, interdisciplinary unit within Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida, and is comprised of three undergraduate majors:

Nutritional SciencesDietetics, and Food Science. The Food Science and Human Nutrition Department has nearly 25 full-time faculty members, 80 graduate assistants, and 600 undergraduate students. Our programs are accredited by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. After completing undergraduate degrees, our students typically move on to employment in the food industry or healthcare settings, graduate or professional programs. We have a strong record of excellent placement of our graduate students in industry, professional organizations, academia and government.

Our faculty has trained at institutions from around the world; they have been widely successful in their teaching, research, and extension efforts. Throughout our programs in food science, nutrition, and dietetics, our faculty is recognized nationally and internationally as experts in their respective fields. The faculty conduct research, teaching and extension programs in a broad range of areas, including trace element transport, food safety and microbiology, pre- and probiotics, obesity prevention and treatment, phytochemical characterization, fruit and juice processing, micronutrient metabolism and many other areas. Graduate level programs are competitive and provide the opportunity for graduate student mentorship.

The University of Florida is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 53,000 students. The University of Florida has recently been named one of the top 10 public universities in America by U.S. News and World Report. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. IFAS includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Florida Sea Grant program, and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations.