Post Doctoral Scholar

Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 07, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


Position Summary:

UW-Platteville seeks an interdisciplinary postdoctoral scholar to join the UW-Platteville community and lead a feasibility study focused on watershed-scale local food production and distribution in the heart of the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin. This opportunity is made possible by the newly established Dairy Innovation Hub that celebrates UW-Platteville connections to the regional agricultural community and is motivated by recent strategic planning and student-led initiatives that highlighted on-campus and local food production as key ideas in a rapidly growing, grass-roots-driven emphasis on sustainability. The feasibility study will contribute to the Dairy Innovation Hub priority area of Land and Water Stewardship by identifying the social, economic, and environmental barriers and opportunities for engaging local producers within the Rountree Branch Watershed to supply more of the food consumed by the UW-Platteville community and, in return, further connect the campus to the economic well-being and land use practices of our local farming community. This position will be an integrated collaboration of scholarship, teaching, and campus engagement.


While the exact focus of the study will reflect the expertise of the successful applicant, the overall aims will be to identify opportunities to:

  • increase local food offerings for campus dining
  • enhance local farmer revenue
  • identify innovative approaches to connect local and regional supply chains with dairy production, cropping, and grazing practices that benefit conservation efforts
  • positively affect stormwater runoff and water quality in the Rountree Branch Watershed
  • assess the efficacy of agricultural stewardship groups to inform the potential of creating a Rountree Branch Watershed Stewardship Alliance
  • engage UW-Platteville with local producers through Land Stewardship partnerships; and,
  • obtain funding and/or revenue to implement the suggested practices identified by this study.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • A key outcome of this work will be to strengthen relationships among the UW-Platteville community and the local farmers with whom we share soil, water, and place. This position is funded through the Dairy Innovation Hub and will be housed within the Department of Environmental Sciences & Society to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach to the study.

    What You’ll Need to Succeed:

    -PhD in any field with relevance to environmental stewardship in agricultural systems operating at the watershed scale, such as Sustainable Agriculture, Geography, Sociology, Environmental Science, Agricultural Economics, Water Resources, or other such related fields.

    -Experience or ability to engage in the economic and distribution aspects of local food production
    -Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    -Interest in contributing to a rich undergraduate teaching and research experience for UW-Platteville students

    Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

    The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is located in the heart of the Driftless Area and within the headwaters of the Rountree Branch Watershed of the Platte River. The lands on which the campus exists have supported a rich and diverse community of life for millennia, and express the distinct legacies of interactions among people, water, and fire in every hill and meander. Key to this project is the understanding that all precipitation that feeds runoff from the iconic “Big M” on the Platte Mound eventually flows through agricultural lands, into the Rountree Branch, and through campus on its way to the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. Our engagement with the stewardship of campus lands is connected to all our down-stream neighbors and to the world. The distinct lands of the Driftless Area have inspired innovation in conservation and environmental caretaking in the past; we seek to continue this leadership through a project that can model intense localism that benefits people, economies, and the environment while creating a pathway for vibrant and sustainable rural communities.

    The academic setting of this project includes a rich and diverse intellectual mix of faculty and staff from across campus, buoyed by passionate advocacy from student groups, and supported by an administration that recently committed to achieve Zero Waste status by 2035. Individuals who are currently and directly engaged in this effort come from the School of Agriculture, Department of Biology, Reclamation, Environment and Conservation Program, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences & Society, and the Office of Sustainability, while support for this and other initiatives continues to grow. This position is ideally situated to catalyze real and meaningful changes in campus operations that benefit the people and environment of the campus, county, and region.

     Campus Information:

    The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, enrolls students in 42 baccalaureate and 9 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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    Application Deadline:

    Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal, and are due by: August 8, 2021 Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. 

    How to Apply:

    The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Additional documents as needed
  • For questions regarding this position, please contact:

               Dr. Evan Larson, 608-342-6139

    We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

    Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community. As a member of the campus community for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, it is essential that the successful applicant supports and fosters a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

    Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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