Student Research Technician

Dr. Yi Wang’s Sustainable Vegetable Production laboratory

Dr. Yi Wang’s Sustainable Vegetable Production laboratory (UW-Madison Dept. Horticulture) is seeking applicants for two entry level student hourly positions to assist with 2022 summer fieldwork at the Hancock Ag Research Station (Hancock, WI) and at the Langlade Ag Research Station (Antigo, WI). The fieldwork will be focused on: 1) evaluating nitrogen status of different vegetable crops including potatoes, snap beans, kidney beans, and carrots; 2) assisting with collection of remote sensing images using a drone. Duties for this position include: scouting potato and vegetable fields for plant growth and pest issues, collecting plant leaf and vine samples, scheduling irrigation events and participating in nitrogen application of vegetable production, getting drone operation and image collection set up. Coursework in horticulture, agronomy, soil science, biology, or equivalent are desired. Transportation between Madison and Hancock, Madison and Antigo will be provided by staff and/or graduate students with Dr. Wang. Normal field day hours will be from 6:30am (leaving Madison) to 3:30pm (back to Madison), two to three days a week between late June and early August, normal lab day hours can be flexible on campus from early June to late August.
Desired starting date is around June 1st, and ending date is around August 30th. About 30 hours per week is expected. There is also potential to continue in the Fall semester as a part-time lab tech. Pay is $14– 15/hour depending on experiences/performance. Successful applicants will be punctual, self-motivated, and find fieldwork rewarding.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled; interviews will be rolling (Apply early–good candidates will be hired ASAP).

Job Summary

Assist faculty and students with vegetable production – fertility management particularly.

  • Scouting vegetable fields for plant growth and pest issues (30%),
  • Collecting plant tissue samples (30%),
  • participating in nitrogen application of vegetable crops, assisting with remote sensing image collection (30%),
  • Organize and archive research samples and data (10%).

Specific Requirements

  • Must be able to work in an outside environment with high temperature and/or high humidity erratically
  • Must be able to leave Madison early (as early as 6:30am) and come back late (as late as 5:00pm) occasionally
  • Must be able to follow written procedures
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs

How To Apply

Please submit application to Yi Wang via email ( Complete applications include:

  • Resume outlining school and any work experience
  • One paragraph describing your skills as related to field work
  • Transcript of college coursework (unofficial transcripts are ok)

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