Job description

JOB NO.: 96901-AS

Work Type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time

Department: CALS/CIAS

Location: Madison

Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 96901-AS

Working Title: Food Systems Scientist, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS)


FTE: 50% - 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: FEBRUARY 01, 2019

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, Agroecology, Environmental Studies, or a related field.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

- 3-5 years of postdoctoral social science research experience in areas such as food systems policy and planning, and food supply chain development
- Experience writing federal research grants, including developing budgets and fulfilling reporting requirements
- Strong research skills and experience, including participatory and participatory action social science methods
- Prior experience publishing and presenting to academic and practitioner audiences
- Strong writing, public speaking, and facilitation skills
- Solid understanding of social science research methods and key issues affecting sustainable food systems development, including labor, climate change, food access, market access, and supply chain development
- Interdisciplinary experience in the natural and social sciences, including economics, agronomy, horticulture, development and sociology
- Experience in and conversant with agroecology and values-based supply chains concepts and communities
- Project management, organizational, and administrative skills
- Demonstrated ability to convene and communicate with diverse teams

License or certificate:

Position Summary:

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) is a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The Center was established in 1989 to address issues in sustainable agricultural and food systems using participatory action research methods. Today CIAS oversees a variety of research and programing on topics ranging from perennialization to domestic fair trade to regional food supply chain development. Farmers and other stakeholders are integral to CIAS's programing and research agenda-setting. The Center has an active Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) of farmers, food business owners, and others involved in sustainable agriculture and food systems, as well as over fifty faculty associates from CALS and other colleges.

The Food Systems Scientist will work closely with CIAS Associate Director of Programs to guide and implement the Center's food systems research program by promoting and facilitating responsive, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research in partnership with faculty in CALS and other colleges as well as external partners through the principal duties listed below.

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 learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Additional Information:


Sandra Bennett
[email protected]
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

To begin the application process please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Advertised: Dec 14 2018 Central Standard Time

Application Close: Jan 15 2019 11:55 PM Central Standard Time





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Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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