Job Overview


Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

This position is located in the Cell Wall Biology and Utilization Research Unit (CWBURU) at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center (USDFRC), Madison, WI.  The incumbent will contribute to the general mission of the USDFRC, which is to build a knowledge and technology base for the dairy industry to more fully exploit the use of forages to improve the profitability and sustainability of milk production.  The incumbent will specialize in protein nutrition for dairy cows in the CWBURU, to aid in the research effort to optimize the utilization of forage legumes and grasses to fit the needs of the dairy industry and provide environmentally sound alternatives for total on-farm nutrient management.


The incumbent's specific research objectives will focus on (1) maximizing Nitrogen (N) use efficiency and animal performance by determining the optimal levels and qualities of dietary protein appropriate for differing forages in dairy cattle diets and maximizing the utilization of forage protein, and (2) identifying factors that influence net synthesis of mircrobial protein in, and protein escape from, the rumen of lactating dairy cows.  The incumbent collaborates extensively with USDFRC scientists and other university and industry stakeholders to (1) determine how interactions among dietary components influence product formation by ruminal microbes and affect digesta passage from the rumen, in order to meet animal nutrient requirements and enhance animal performance, and (2) develop and evaluate methods for reducing the amount, or improving the utilization, of non-protein nitrogen (NPN).

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic Travel for Regional/National Conferences; Local Travel for Collaboration

Relocation Authorized

  • No