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Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Employment Opportunities

Community Food Systems – Graduate Assistantship Opportunity

The Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences (FYCS) at the University of Florida is seeking a highly qualified student with a focus on community food systems to join its PhD in Youth Development and Family Sciences (YDFS) program in January 2021. FYCS is an interdisciplinary department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. FYCS faculty have research, teaching, and Extension programs that focus on health, wellness, development and prevention science as it applies to family, youth, and communities. Food systems play an important role in supporting youth development, nurturing healthy families, and fostering resilient communities. The student will work on research projects focused on community food systems. Potential areas of research include (but are not limited to):

  • Urban agriculture, including commercial and non-profit food production
  • Local food programs and policies to support food system resilience
  • Ethical and human values in food systems, including food justice and the right to food
  • Connecting farmers to consumers via new market and distribution channels

Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in food and agriculture policy, food systems, or public health with a background in a relevant academic discipline, such as sociology; public health; anthropology; urban and regional planning; political science; family, youth and community science; or related fields. Qualified applicants will be eligible for a full tuition waiver and an assistantship for up to four years. Preference will be given to applicants with a master’s degree (especially a Master of Public Health degree), a strong publication record, and prior experience working with community-based programs associated with food systems or food production.

This student will work with Catherine Campbell, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Community Food Systems. Responsibilities will include quantitative or qualitative data collection and analysis; writing project summaries, reports, and peer reviewed publications; development of communication materials and development of outreach events; and other tasks as assigned, while making satisfactory progress towards the PhD degree. This position may require travel to different research locations and outreach/extension activities (consistent with COVID-19 protocols); therefore, a valid driver’s license or receiving a driver’s license within first two months at UF is required.   

The deadline to submit all materials to apply is October 1, 2020. For more information contact Dr. Campbell (