Assistant Professor - Soil Microbiology


Primary Description

The Department of Soil Science seeks applications for a tenure track faculty position in soil microbiology. Soil microbiology is a core research area in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and this position is integral to undergraduate and graduate programs in soil and environmental sciences.

The candidate will explore topics in soil microbiology research such as: nutrient cycling in managed and natural ecosystems, soil biodiversity, including soil fauna, single-celled eukaryotes, fungi, bacteria, archaea, and/or viruses, human and soil ecosystem health, pathogens in the soil environment, greenhouse gas production and carbon cycling, novel molecular and bioinformatic techniques within the field of environmental microbiology, soil microhabitats and biophysics. The candidate should be able to work cross-disciplinarily, enhancing linkages across the food-water-energy nexus. The teaching component of the position would entail a minimum of instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level and over time, a summer course.

This position carries a commitment to the three functions of research, instruction, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to faculty rank. The position will require effective oral and written communications skills; experience in teaching in higher education; ability to work effectively across disciplines and with teams; and the ability to lead and motivate others.

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, enriching learning and work environment for students, faculty and staff.

Principle Duties

1. Develop a strong research program in soil microbiology. The successful candidate will be expected to compete for national grants, such as those in NSF, NIH, DOE, and USDA, as well as to collaborate with soil and environmental scientists throughout the department and university. The candidate is expected to become a leader in soil microbiology nationally and internationally.

2. The teaching component of the position requires teaching of an undergraduate/graduate level course (e.g., Soil Biology) and a graduate level course (such as Environmental Biogeochemistry or Environmental Microbiology). These courses are core in the Soil Science undergraduate and graduate programs. Additional teaching may include contributions to existing courses or through the development of new courses. In addition, the successful candidate will advise undergraduate and graduate students. Although not required, the successful candidate will be offered a year-long fellowship with the Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence program to support teaching as an new assistant professor. 

Application Instructions

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 98222. Applications must be received through UW-Madison's online application system.

To begin the application process, please click on "Apply Now."

Applicants must upload five (5) separate documents: cover letter, CV, teaching statement (2 pages), research statement (2 pages), and list of 3 references (name, title & affiliation, phone, e-mail). Transcripts will be required later.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is June 14, 2019, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

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