Summary: Dr. Xia Zhu-Barker in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting one PhD and two MS students to start in Spring, Summer or Fall 2023.

The students will be supported by Dairy Innovation Hub and Department of Soil Science to investigate one of the following topics: 1) Microbial and abiotic processes involved in the production and consumption of atmospheric trace gases, 2) carbon and nitrogen dynamics in deep soils under climate-smart agriculture practices, 3) novel stable isotopes to differentiate organically and conventionally grown crops in different soils under a changing climate, and 4) soil health and manure management in dairy-production systems.

Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in soil science, biogeochemistry, ecology, environmental chemistry, or a related field. Previous research experience or coursework related to these topics as well as a commitment to contributing to a collaborative, inclusive and active learning environment, are valued. Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The selected applicant will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant with a stipend of at least $26,309 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission.

To Apply: Interested students should submit an application to the Soil Science Graduate Program (GRE not required) within the UW-Madison Graduate School ( Prior to applying, interested students are encouraged to e-mail Dr. Xia Zhu-Barker at with 1) a CV, 2) a one-page personal statement describing your scientific interests and career objectives, 3) transcripts (unofficial is OK), and 4) contact information for two or three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Departmental Program: The Department of Soil Science at UW-Madison has a long history and is a vibrant place to work today. Programs are designed to improve basic understanding and practical management of soil resources in natural, agricultural, and urban ecosystems, and to serve local, state, national, and global interests. Further information about the graduate program in our department can
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University and Community: UW-Madison has a strong culture of collaboration across fields, and the selected graduate student will interact with researchers from diverse fields, including microbiology, ecology, agronomy and environmental studies. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States.

Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research! The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about the campus and city, please see

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Wen promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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