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Apply now Job no: 229881-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Instructional, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Research, Scientific, Plant Sciences

Position Summary:

Reducing nutrient (primarily nitrogen and phosphorus) and contaminant (PFAS and pathogen) transport from dairy production systems and fields to surface and groundwater is a grand challenge for all of agriculture, and particularly so for Wisconsin dairy farms. Current trends in dairy production systems as well as off-farm waste streams are putting greater pressure on our landscape to store nutrients and filter contaminants and challenge the viability of the industry. To help address these issues, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking an Assistant Professor to explore and develop innovative land and water stewardship solutions related to dairy production.

We are seeking applicants from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences at UW-Madison. The position carries a commitment to the three functions of research, instruction, outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the position and rank. Areas of focus could include, but are not limited to, nutrient and contaminant transport, agroecosystem or biogeochemical simulation modeling, measurement and sensing technology, landscape and hydrologic processes, and agronomic innovations to reducing nutrient and contaminant losses. The incumbent's departmental tenure home is negotiable, but likely will be the Department of Soil Science, Department of Agronomy, or Department of Biological Systems Engineering.

This newly-created position is supported by the Dairy Innovation Hub in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The Hub is an exciting new initiative at the three leading UW agricultural schools (UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, and UW-River Falls) to foster dairy research, education and outreach in the priority areas of Stewarding Land and Water Resources, Ensuring Animal Health and Welfare, Growing Farm Businesses and Communities, and Enriching Human Health and Nutrition. The land and water stewardship Assistant Professor will join a world-class university and a college with diverse expertise in agricultural and life sciences. The Wisconsin dairy sector has a strong collaborative relationship with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is highly motivated to help explore and develop innovative solutions to the industry?s challenges. As a Hub-supported position, the faculty member will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other Hub researchers, pursue Hub funding opportunities, and participate in Hub programs. For more information on the Dairy Innovation Hub ( and UW-Madison CALS Hub efforts ( please visit the websites.

Principal Duties:

The incumbent will perform research, teaching, and outreach in their area of expertise in ways that are relevant to dairy agriculture and related fields.

The incumbent will develop an extramurally-funded research program recognized at state-, national-, and international-levels for innovative approaches to advancing dairy-related land and water stewardship. The candidate will work independently and also within a collaborative research team to support the mission of the Dairy Innovation Hub.

The incumbent will teach classes in their department which also contribute to college undergraduate and graduate programs. Teaching responsibilities will be commensurate with college expectations and consistent with the teaching loads of other departmental faculty.

The incumbent will be expected to facilitate interdisciplinary efforts and collaborative efforts within their department, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and federal labs.

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:

PhD in Soil Science, Agronomy, Agroecology, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Science, Ecosystem Science or related field

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Successful candidates will have a record of or demonstrate potential for:
i) Extramural grant-writing
ii) Publications in peer reviewed journals
iii) Graduate student training/mentoring
iv) Teaching and curriculum development
v) Contribution to the outreach and service functions of CALS and the Dairy Innovation Hub
vi) Promoting an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities

Additional Information:

In addition to the diverse array of dairy-related research, teaching, and outreach in most College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) departments, dairy-related research occurs at most of the 11 CALS Agricultural Research Stations and greenhouses, with the UW Discovery Farms? program, the Nutrient and Pest Management Program, the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the Center for Dairy Profitability, the Center for Dairy Research, and the Center for Limnology. Dairy and agriculture-related instruction occurs in many disciplinary and interdisciplinary majors (Dairy Science, Soil Science, Agronomy, Biological Systems Engineering, Environmental Science, and the emerging Agricultural Ecosystems), graduate programs (Soil Science, Agronomy, Plant Breeding & Plant Genetics, Agroecology, and Environment & Resources), and the Farm & Industry Short-Course program. This network of research, outreach and instruction units uniquely positions Wisconsin as a center of land and water stewardship innovation in the 21st Century.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural & 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.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 23, 2021


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 229881-FA. Applications must be received through the UW-Madison's online application system.

To begin the process, please click "Apply Now".

Applicants must upload the following information as a single PDF document:
1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Statements of:
a. Research accomplishments and future goals (2-page limit)
b. Teaching and mentoring philosophy and experience (2-page limit)
c. Contributions to diversity and inclusion and areas of future impact (1-page limit)
4) Electronic reprints of one or two articles (pdfs) that are relevant to the position
5) Contact information for three references

For questions on the application process, contact Todd Schry ( in CALS Human Resources. Direct all questions pertaining to the position to Matt Ruark in the Department of Soil Science (, 608-263-2889).

The deadline for assuring full consideration is March 15, 2021; however, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Matthew Ruark
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. )

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