Employment & Funding Opportunities
There are a variety of options available to assist you with funding your college education. The University’s Office of Financial Aid can assist you with determining your eligibility for scholarships, grants, and loan options, as well as how to apply for each. As a student in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, you may qualify for scholarships within your college and department. Applications are due in early spring and complete scholarship information can be found on the CALS Scholarships thru the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WISH). Looking to pick up a part-time job? The UW Student Jobs website has a wide range of on- and off-campus opportunities to choose from. International students should also check out the International Student Services (ISS) Office for details about funding and scholarships. Additional resources include the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office and the Nelson Institute Community Environmental Scholars Program.
Summer 2022 – Undergraduate Opportunities:
Applications to graduate studies act as the application for financial support. Offers of financial support accompany most offers of admissions for student admitted to Soil Science. Most students hold research assistantships (RAs), but some may hold fellowships or teaching assistantships (TAs). The availability of these appointments are limited. They carry a stipend, a remission of tuition, and the option to participate in a health-care plan comparable to that available to faculty. A posting of open assistantship positions with the department may also be located below.
Funding options for international students:
International students should refer to the International Applicant Financial Information website when preparing the applications. International students should submit their financial information only after a favorable admission decision has been made.
Employment regulations for international students can be found on the International Student Services (ISS) website.
Teaching Assistant (TA) appointments and requirements:
Although paid teaching assistant (TA) appointments are rare within Soil Science, there are many opportunities on campus to secure such a position. Students supported by TA positions should contact their advisor for a list of potential departments to contact. Teaching appointments require additional training as outlined below.
- Students should plan to complete the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) – College of Engineering (COE) Collaborative for Engineering Education and Teaching Effectiveness (CEETE) TA training prior to beginning a TA appointment. This 1.5-day training is offered just prior to the start of the Fall and Spring terms.
- Graduate Assistants Equity Workshops are required of all TAs prior to or during the first semester of a TA appointment.
- SPEAK Test – UW System policy requires non-native English speakers to demonstrate proficiency in spoken English before they are assigned classroom duties as a teaching assistant. The SPEAK test is used to evaluate the spoken English of International TAs. The test is available only to enrolled students holding or under consideration for a teaching assistantship.
Additional opportunities to consider:
Students are also encouraged to consider applying for a Graduate School external fellowship, CALS Fellowships, and CALS Scholarships.
Currently Available Grad Research Positions for Prospective Students
Continue to check for new opportunities regularly.
Opportunities for Recent Graduates – BS, MS, PhD
USDA Soil Microbiologist ARS position (GS12-15)
We are recruiting for a permanent, full time Soil Scientist to be stationed in Beltsville, MD and work with the Adaptive Cropping Systems Lab. The grade range is GS12-15 so the recruitment covers entry level to senior scientists. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen.
The ideal candidate would be a systems level thinker with strong quantitative skills. We are seeking an individual with a diverse background who would use these skills to investigate and quantify the interaction of soil microbial community composition and metabolic activities and their subsequent influences on nutrient cycling and availability for plant uptake/biological activities.
This position involves development and use of mechanistic models of plant and soil systems.
We welcome any candidates who feel they can contribute to our research. We had to pick a classification as a soil scientist but candidates with diverse skills and experience in soils and the life that lives below the surface are welcome to apply.
The link on the USA jobs site is
Administrative Staff positions in Soil Science
There are no vacancies at this time.
Academic Staff positions in Soil Science
There are no vacancies at this time.
Faculty – tenure track positions in Soil Science
Assistant Professor in Environmental Soil Chemistry (application window currently closed)