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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Research Scientist


Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Job Summary:

This position's primary responsibility will be to manage our organic field and forage crop research program at UW-Madison. This position will work with a dynamic group of students, scientists, and outreach specialists to generate cutting-edge research focused on agroecological methods supporting organic farmers throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. The position is housed in the Organic and Sustainable Research and Extension program in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, with strong collaborations with the Departments of Plant Pathology, Plant and Agroecosystems Sciences, Soil Science, Biosystems Engineering, and Animal and Dairy Sciences. Research themes include: reducing tillage in organic production; creating diverse multi-crop systems integrating annual and perennial crops; understanding the impacts of organic management on soil health and biology, including climate change mitigation and resilience; and benefits of animal integration into farming systems. Duties primarily focus on managing our extensive field research program (located at UW Agricultural Research Stations as well as on working farms), as well as analyzing and summarizing data in reports and publications. A significant component of our research relates to Indigenous agriculture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), with research and demonstration sties established with Tribal partners throughout the state. Additional projects and responsibilities related to outreach of research results may also arise.

Responsibilities: Provides technical expertise to fundamental and/or applied scientific research under the direction of senior research personnel or faculty.
  • 40% Collects and analyzes basic research data, conducts experiments and interviews, and documents results according to established policies and procedures
  • 20% Conducts literature reviews, prepares reports and materials, and disseminates information to appropriate entities and assists with publications
  • 10% Trains individuals and groups on equipment operations, research protocols, and techniques within a specialized laboratory or research area
  • 20% Assists with the development of research methodologies and procedures
  • 5% Assists in developing grant applications and proposals to secure research funding
  • 5% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
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Master's Degree
M.S in an agricultural discipline field related to sustainable agricultural production, with strong knowledge in agronomy and soil science.


Candidates should have at least 2 years of experience working in an agricultural research program, ideally focused on organic or sustainable systems.

Required Qualifications:
-Successful experience in coordination, management and implementation of field-based research plots.
-Proficiency in software used for data analysis associated with field research.
-Must be able to communicate about the research using different media (poster, papers, presentation) adapted to different audience.
-Must be willing to travel for implementing and presenting research locally and nationally.
-Must be willing to work individually as well as in collaboration with others.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communication.
-Demonstrated experience managing students.
-Experience working directly with agricultural producers for research purposes.


Drivers License - Valid and Meets UW Risk Management Standards

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Additional Information:

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) 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. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all. We encourage applications from potential candidates of all races, class, gender, sexuality, ability, nationality, religion, and other group identities; and we encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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How to Apply:

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Candice Butler
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Official Title:

Researcher I(RE040)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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