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Apply now Job no: 97200-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Research, Scientific

Position Vacancy ID:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Working Title:

Research Specialist

Official Title:


Hiring Department(s):




Anticipated Begin Date:

FEBRUARY 01, 2019


This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $35,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

Bachelor's Degree in agronomy, agroecology, crop science, soil science, environmental studies, plant breeding or a related discipline is required. Master's degree preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Two or more years of fieldwork experience is required. Experience working in agriculture, forages, grazing or crop production research programs is required. Knowledge and ability to apply plant production practices in the field and/or greenhouse is required.

Experience in driving Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs) and 4-wheel drive vehicles is a plus. Attention to detail and a well-organized approach to work is a must. This includes competent record keeping skills, good time management and planning, and the ability to work alone and coordinate activities for a group. Keen practical skills such as an understanding of basic tools, equipment, and their maintenance are also beneficial.

License or Certificate:


Position Summary:

This position will implement research techniques defined by the Principal Investigator in the Forages, Grazing, and Perennial Grains Lab (Picasso). This includes following research protocols for seeding, transplanting, weeding and pest monitoring, harvesting forage and grains, sampling and collecting soil and plant data in the field and the greenhouse, maintaining and analyzing (stats) datasets and preparing written reports. Experiments include the agronomy and agroecology of forage, grazing, and perennial grain dual purpose production systems; grazing management experiments measuring production and environmental variables of forage, dairy and beef production systems; research station and on-farm experiments evaluating yields and quality of forages (alfalfa, clovers, grasses) and dual purpose perennial grains (Intermediate wheatgrass and Silphium) under various agronomic management practices (fertilization, cutting regime, grazing, intercropping with legumes, among others).

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Additional Information:

Title prefix is dependent on relevant work experience.

Applicants must become an approved UW-Madison driver through UW-Madison's driver authorization process. This requires meeting established driver authorization criteria listed at:

Field work involves conditions that may be inclement, and requires the ability to carry equipment and supplies up to 50 lbs.


Sandra Bennett
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a
current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position.

Additional Link: Full Position Details
  NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required
  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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