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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 224925-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

Data Management and Curation: Environmental Science and Ecology. Our lab is looking for a highly organized individual to coordinate data curation across multiple projects.  Research at the EnSpec (Townsend) Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison utilizes a range of in situ and remote measurement technologies to characterize the status and functioning of vegetation. Research is conducted using spectral measurements on the ground, in the lab, and from drones, airplanes and satellites. We also collect other measurements on the ground of various surface or vegetation properties. Our group manages a number of drones, as well as instruments flown on state of Wisconsin airplanes. Our main research questions focus on testing the drivers of vegetation function, including environmental factors, disease, and evolutionary processes, using spectral data to link across observational scales from the leaf to globe.


Relevant to this position, we manage two open-source NASA-supported repositories for archiving spectral data (Ecological Spectral Information System, and for archiving code used to analyze such data (Ecological Spectral Model Library, EcoSIS is an online database that contains various types of ecological spectral datasets and is open to everyone. EcoSML is a model library that houses models used to predict properties from given spectra. 50% of the position will be focused on curation of EcoSIS and EcoSML databases, including data summaries and syntheses, reviewing metadata, working with contributors, testing website functionality, and associated reporting. The other 50% of the position will be focused on data management and synthesis for a new NSF-funded Biology Integration Institute (BII), including managing project data collection activities, metadata documentation, data curation, data organization across multiple collaborators, and associated reporting.  Depending on experience, the position could also include participation in data collection and analysis

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's Degree in life sciences, geography, data/information science, statistics or computer science field required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Candidate must have experience with best practices of data management. Experience managing or curating diverse datasets for research applications. Experience using R or Python for data management. Preferred experience includes work with GIS or other geospatial data.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $42,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please attach a current resume/CV, cover letter and a list of three professional references as one document.


Sonia Beyer
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. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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