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Scientist II

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 20, 2024

Job Details


Minimum $67,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Final salary will depend on experience and qualification. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Additional benefits information can be found at:

Job Summary:

The Department of Soil Science is currently seeking a Scientist II to join their team in the Sanford laboratory. The main responsibilities of this role include identifying research problems, designing research methodologies, conducting research, and preparing and presenting results for professional organizations or scholarly publications to advance research.

The Department of Soil Science has earned a distinguished reputation as the oldest department of its kind in the United States and possibly the world. Home to degrees in soil science and environmental science, we prepare students for impactful careers in soil and environmental sciences. The department encompasses over 100 academic staff, university staff, faculty, postdoctoral, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

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.

Responsibilities: Identifies research problems, designs research methodologies, performs research, and prepares and/or presents results for presentation to professional organizations or for scholarly publications to help advance research.
  • 10% Identifies research problems and develops complex research methodologies and procedures
  • 40% Collects and analyzes complex research data, conducts experiments and interviews, and documents results according to established policies and procedures under general supervision
  • 10% Conducts literature reviews, prepares reports and materials, and disseminates information to appropriate entities
  • 5% Attends and assists with the facilitation of scholarly events and presentations in support of continued professional development and the dissemination of research information
  • 5% Writes or assists in developing grant applications and proposals to secure research funding
  • 20% May supervise the day-to-day activities of a research unit as needed
  • 5% Serves as a unit subject matter expert and liaison to internal and external stakeholders providing advanced level information and representing the interests of a specialized research area
  • 5% Monitors program budget and approves unit expenditures
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


PhD in Soil Science, Agronomy, Ecology, Natural Resources, or related field.


- Competence and fluency working with statistical computing software (e.g., R, SAS, JMP, SPSS).
- Experience collecting, curating, and analyzing complex agroecological data sets (soils, crops, environment).
- Experience working in agricultural field research settings, running field experiments, and balancing field work and data collection needs.

- Demonstrated expertise in the field of soil biogeochemistry, particularly as related to soil organic carbon and net ecosystem exchange.
- Strong data management and organizational skills.
- Ability to oversee and maintain lab infrastructure including sensitive analytical equipment used for the assessment of soil carbon and greenhouse gasses (in-situ & in-vitro).

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:

-A criminal background check may be required
-An evaluation period may be required
-Work Authorization:
The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

How to Apply:

Click on the "Apply Online" button to start the application process. You will be prompted to upload the following documents/Application Materials:

Resume (required) - Detail your educational and professional background

Cover letter (required) - Refer to your related work experience

References (required) - List contact information for three (3) references, including your current/most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notice.

It's important that your cover letter and resume reflect your experience for this position related to the Qualifications section. Your application materials will be used during our evaluation to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.


Gregg Sanford
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Scientist II(RE044)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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