Postdoctoral Research Associate

Madison, Wisconsin
$60,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
Dec 14, 2023

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A postdoctoral position (with possibility for renewal) is available starting in November 2023 in Dr. Erin Silva’s programs in the of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), University of Wisconsin–Madison. The project on which the position will focus involves working with public, private, and industry partners to develop tools and models to understand the impact of organic grain production practices, particularly tillage and cultivation, on soil quality and erosion. This work will include: 1) literature reviews related to tillage and soil health; 2) evaluation of current models and tools related to predicting the impacts of tillage practices; 3) recommendations as to how existing tools can be improved; and 4) analysis and co-authoring of publications related to organic no-till management using existing data sets.

The goal of the Silva Research and Extension program is to generate science-based solutions to address real world problems for Wisconsin organic agriculture and beyond. This knowledge is then integrated and delivered through our Extension program. Please visit for more information about UW-Madison’s organic grain outreach program.

Minimum Job Requirements:
• Ph.D. in a STEM field
• Record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals
• Communication skills as evidenced by publications and oral presentations at
• Ability to obtain UW Driver Authorization

Education/Experience: Candidates must have received a Ph.D. within the last five years in a STEM field or will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment.

Desired Qualifications:
Research experience in crop science, soil science, biology, or earth and environmental sciences, and proficient in SAS, R, or JMP. Preference will be given to applicants with strong research and publication history, experience with organic cropping systems, soil health and a soil science background, and strong modeling and statistical skills. Ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team and with multiple stakeholder groups is required.

Location: This position will be located at Madison, WI

Salary and timeframe details: A competitive salary will be provided based on qualifications. The position is initially for one year, with potential to extend to two or more years based on performance, funding, and need. Benefits package includes: health insurance, including dental and vision options, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and paid leave and legal holidays. Opportunities exist for flexible scheduling.

Application Instructions:
The following application materials should be emailed to Erin Silva (
with the email subject of “Postdoc Position Application”. Please include the following
materials in one pdf file:
1) Cover letter describing general research and career interests
2) CV
3) Two representative published manuscripts from your previous work
4) List of 3 professional references with contact information

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is an engine of scientific discovery, with researchers working across the spectrum of agricultural and life sciences. Academically, the college offers research-based, hands-on teaching of undergraduates; world-class graduate programs rich in research and project assistantships; and short courses, workshops and other programs. Our outreach activities bring the work of the college to Wisconsin businesses, organizations and communities throughout the state.

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