University of Wisconsin-Madison, Departments of Agronomy & Horticulture
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Type: Full Time
Area of Focus:
Applied Plant Biology
Internal Number: Weed Ecologist
We seek to hire a Weed Ecologist (Departments of Agronomy and Horticulture, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison) to provide leadership in weed science teaching and novel ecological weed management research in Wisconsin. An integrative and applied approach to research is expected, working with multidisciplinary teams of scientists and community partners. Leadership is needed in the development, evaluation, and implications of novel ecological weed management approaches alternative or complementary to chemical weed control methods (e.g., cropping systems diversification and intensification, weed seed management, precision control methods, robotics technologies, etc.).
The incumbent will design novel ecological weed management systems that can enhance benefits and reduce risks to agriculture and the environment. Research will also document the efficacy and suitability of novel non-chemical weed management approaches and estimate their impact on weed ecology and agroecosystem services such as crop production and water quality. The incumbent will have the opportunity to work on a broad range of conventional and organic Wisconsin cropping systems, including grain, forage, and specialty crops. Research efforts will form the foundation for a strong teaching and mentoring program that supports students across departments and colleges at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The incumbent will be expected to develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including an upper-level course in Weed Biology, Ecology and Management. The incumbent will be expected to recruit and mentor graduate students in Agronomy, Horticulture, Agroecology, or other related programs.
Thus, the Departments of Agronomy and Horticulture seek a 9-month tenure track Weed Ecologist to investigate novel approaches to ecological weed management across a broad range of Wisconsin cropping systems. The Weed Ecologist will possess the ability to integrate ecotechnological variables that interact within and among agroecosystems at the field, farm, and landscape levels. The position carries a commitment to instruction and research, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the faculty rank. The incumbent will be expected to develop and grow a collaborative and extramurally funded research and teaching program recognized at state, regional, national, and international levels. The Departments of Agronomy and Horticulture are committed to inclusivity and diversity; therefore, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote these values.
The candidate will be expected to: 1. Develop an independent, extramurally funded and recognized research program at the state, regional, national, and international levels. 2. Teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, commensurate with college expectations and consistent with the teaching loads of the departments. Mentor students and promote their development and success in a collaborative environment. 3. Contribute to outreach and service functions of the department, college, university, and professional societies. 4. Contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department, college, and university. Promote an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities.
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.
A PhD in Weed Science, Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Science, Crop Science, Agroecology, or closely related discipline is required.
Candidate must have a strong foundation in the ecological principles and concepts of weed and agricultural sciences, strong research background, and demonstrated ability to communicate (oral and written), teach, publish, and secure competitive funding.
Successful candidates will have a record of, or demonstrate potential for: i) Extramural grant-writing ii) Publications in peer reviewed journals iii) Graduate student training/mentoring iv) Teaching and curriculum development v) Outreach and service activities vi) Promoting an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities
About University of Wisconsin-Madison, Departments of Agronomy & Horticulture
Department of Agronomy Mission
The mission of the Department of Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is to enrich the benefits provided to humans by agroecosystems while building the capacity for future generations to do the same. We strive for a diverse and inclusive environment as we integrate research, teaching, extension, and outreach to improve the quantity and quality of agroecosystem yields while building soil, conserving water, retaining nutrients, and promoting biodiversity. We develop theories, conduct experiments, and integrate and disseminate knowledge from a variety of disciplines including plant and microbial sciences; ecology; and soil, water and atmospheric sciences. We train and develop the next generation of agronomic scientists and practitioners, while co-learning and engaging agricultural innovation to the people of Wisconsin and the world.
Department of Agronomy Vision
The Department of Agronomy is a community of world leaders in agricultural sciences generating new knowledge and solutions for novel and improved production practices and improved agroecosystem health. We aim to attract, recruit and train the best and brightest minds in the world ...with a focus on applied, interdisciplinary education founded on a positive, engaging, and inclusive working environment. We encourage innovation and risk-taking in the quest for cultivating healthy agroecosystems and creating a more sustainable world.
University of Wisconsin Madison
Mission: To advance and share knowledge, discover solutions and promote opportunities in food and agriculture, bioenergy, health, the environment and human well-being.
Vision: To lead in science, innovation and collaboration that improves life and sustains the natural world.
UW-Madison is one of the world's premier research universities, with more than 16,000 faculty, staff, and graduate assistants, who, collectively, support the research, teaching and public service missions of the university. The 963-acre campus is located on the shores of Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is consistently ranked among the top 5 small U.S. cities to live in because of its cultural and ethnic diversity, affordable cost of living, low unemployment, and excellent public schools. The University of Wisconsin-Madison attracts a diverse body of outstanding graduate students from around the world and provides state-of-the art research and teaching facilities, both in Madison and at multiple agricultural research stations throughout the state. Madison is a picturesque city with a strong economy and a vibrant cultural environment.
UW Agricultural Research Stations
The UW Madison Agricultural Research Station Network is comprised of 12 unique sites. These sites sit on 8000 acres of tillable farm land that represents many of the soil types found in the State of Wisconsin. The facilities available to researchers and support staffed are valued at over $45 million, and houses over $8.5 million worth of farming and research equipment. The research mission of the Agricultural Research Stations is support by approximately 110 permanent employees and 50 seasonal staffers.
The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 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 environment.