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

Type of position The University of Wisconsin-Madison in conjunction with USDA ARS Dairy Forage has longstanding efforts surrounding interseeding alfalfa into crops (corn silage, intermediate wheatgrass). While environmental and economic benefits have been well-documented from this approach (https://alfalfasymposium.ucdavis.edu/+symposium/proceedings/2022/Articles/John-Grabber-2022-Intercropping-Alfalfa-With-Corn-Silage.pdf), more work is needed to increase on-farm adoption. Areas identified in need of further research to advance the success of this system include the effects of wheel traffic on establishment and persistence of alfalfa, breeding to improve survival of alfalfa varieties, the role of plant canopy/light has on alfalfa establishment success, analysis of pre-existing data, and nutrient management.

We are looking for 2-3 post-doctoral research associates to join a team of researchers to evaluate these issues and provide tools that will improve adoption of this intensive agronomic approach and disseminate results in written and oral formats to both scientific and public communities in Wisconsin and beyond.

Employer University of Wisconsin Madison
Location Madison Wisconsin
Salary negotiable, see: https://postdoc.wisc.edu/
Benefits YES, see: https://postdoc.wisc.edu/
Closing date of competition Open until acceptable candidates are found
Date position available Early spring 2024 preferred
Description of duties

Each post-doctoral associate will be expected to design and carry out experiments outlined in the grant received. Work will be conducted under the direct supervision and collaboration with University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty (Mark Renz, Marta Moura Kohmann, Brian Luck) and USDA-ARS Dairy Forage scientists (John Grabber, Heathcliff Riday, and Alison Duff). The employee will specifically be employed to conduct the following:

  1. Establish experiments, collect data, perform statistical analyses, and prepare manuscripts related to the project mentioned above for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  2. Create extension factsheet/outreach material and present information to stakeholders at field-days and conferences.
  3. Supervise undergraduate student hourly workers that assist in data collection and sample preparation.
Qualifications sought

A minimum of three years of experience in research is required with at least one year of experience in field-based agronomic research. Experience with forage management is desired, but not required. 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 require 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 with possibility to renew.


Contact for additional information If interested, please contact Marta Moura Kohmann ([email protected]) and John Grabber ([email protected]).
Application procedure  
Submit what Please provide a letter of application and a CV
Submit to Marta Moura Kohmann ([email protected])
Additional Information 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.