PhD Position in Disease Suppressive Soils: Summary: Dr. Zac Freedman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting a PhD student to start in Summer or Fall 2024. This student will be supported by a USDA-funded project with the goal of improving understanding of key microbial taxa and microbial processes disrupted by chemical fungicides that ultimately result in the resurgence of plant disease.

Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in soil ecology, biogeochemistry, metabolomics, or related fields. They will also have a commitment to contributing to a collaborative, inclusive and fun learning environment. Some experience with assessments of soil microbial composition and functions, metabolomics, and/or comfort with statistical modeling using R is preferred.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend: The selected applicant will be appointed as a Graduate Research Assistant with a stipend of at least $30,500 per year plus health benefits and tuition remission.

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 soil science, ecology, environmental science, microbiology, and agronomy. 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.

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

To Apply: Interested students should apply to the Soil Science Graduate Program within the UW-Madison Graduate School (due January 5th; GRE not required; . Prior to applying, interested students are strongly advised to e-mail Dr. Zac Freedman at  with the following information: 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.

Department of Soil Science University of Wisconsin–Madison 1525 Observatory Drive Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1299 608-262-2633 Email:

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