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Post-Doctoral Researcher with University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin

Type of position Post-Doc
Employer University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Salary $48,000
Benefits Full benefit package. More information on benefits package can be found at wisc.edu (search post-doctoral researcher benefits)
Closing date of competition Review will beting 3/15, will remain open until filled
Date position available April 1st 2019
Description of duties Position background: This position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will contribute to two collaborative projects involving alfalfa production and weed management.

  • Interseeding alfalfa into corn silage: This position will continue efforts initiated in 2018 related to the optimization of alfalfa establishment when interseeded into corn silage. The recipient will manage a multi-state NIFA grant with colleagues from WI, MI, PA, and ID. Research involves on farm and research station experiments in each state that are evaluating how growth regulators, fungicides, insecticides, corn density as well as environmental factors influence corn silage yield and resulting alfalfa establishment.
  • Waterhemp management in established alfalfa: This position will also coordinate a regional project that is evaluating control options for waterhemp in established alfalfa. This position will establish an experiment in Wisconsin and coordinate activities with collaborators in MN, MI, and PA. Research will study the use of herbicides in the spring and determine the efficacy on waterhemp and resulting forage productivity and quality throughout the year. Waterhemp emergence patterns and population dynamics will also be monitored.

Principal duties: The post-doctoral associate will be expected to complete existing projects and design and carry out new experiments outlined in the above projects.  Work will be conducted under the direct supervision of Mark Renz (associate professor and extension weed specialist). The employee will specifically be employed to conduct the following:

  1. Establish experiments, collect data, perform statistical analyses and prepare manuscripts from both project mentioned above for submission to peer reviewed journals.
  2. Manage/coordinate multi-state projects. This will entail communicating with collaborators through periodic meetings to ensure experiments are conducted and data collected in a similar manner across all sites.
  3. Supervise undergraduate student hourly workers that assist in data collection and sample preparation.
Qualifications sought Type of relevant work experience: A minimum of three years of experience in research is required with at least one year of experience in field-based agronomic research (preferably weed-related). Experience with forages is desired, but not required. The candidate will be expected to obtain a pesticide applicator license and apply treatments for experiments. Candidates will also be expected to develop statistically sound experiments, collect appropriate data, and maintain experiments throughout the course of the year. This research will involve extensive fieldwork that will involve full days of data collection under potentially adverse (e.g. hot, wet) environmental conditions. Successful candidates will be expected to function efficiently and independently with minimal supervision. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and the ability to work well in a collaborative research environment are essential. Funding is currently available for 1 year and additional funding anticipated.

Additional information: Individual must be able to obtain a valid Wisconsin Driver’s license and Wisconsin certified Pesticide Applicator’s license within 6 months of employment and be able to conduct fieldwork under adverse conditions. Field activities may involve lifting equipment/material in excess of 50 lbs.

Contact for additional information Mark Renz (mrenz@wisc.edu; 608 263-7437)
Application procedure  
Submit what To apply for this position please send a CV, letter of intent and list of at least three references to Mark Renz (email: mrenz@wisc.edu; address 1575 Linden Dr. Madison WI 53706).
Submit to Mark Renz (email: mrenz@wisc.edu; address 1575 Linden Dr. Madison WI 53706).
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