Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology: Microbial Ecologist

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology


Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a 25% teaching and 75% research appointment. The successful applicant is expected to develop an externally funded, high impact research program on the ecology of microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi and/or other eukaryotic or prokaryotic microbes). We are looking for candidates using cutting-edge approaches to uncover the functional roles of microorganisms in natural and/or manmade environments, including agroecosystems. Research opportunities include but are not limited to understanding microbial community processes in compost substrates, microbial remediation of contaminated waters, and biological control of diseases. Strength in applying understanding of microbial community and population structure to agricultural and environmental problem solving is desired. Opportunities exist for applied research serving a variety of crop industries in the state, including vegetables, field crops, turfgrass, tree fruit, and the world’s largest concentration of commercial mushroom producers. Teaching responsibilities will include advanced and undergraduate courses in Environmental Microbiology in agricultural and natural systems, with a focus on Microbial Ecology, playing a key role in new Environmental Microbiology curricula. Candidates will be evaluated on their potential for publishing high impact work, obtaining extramural funding, teaching excellence, and collaboration in research and teaching within and outside the Department. Ph.D. in microbial ecology, environmental microbiology (not limited to prokaryotes) or a related field is required, and postdoctoral experience indicating independence and productivity is preferred. Applicants should provide evidence of strong potential for conducting and publishing research, being competitive for external research funding, excellence in research methods, excellence in teaching, and strong interest and skills to mentor and advise graduate students. Interest in and ability to contribute to interdisciplinary research collaborations in one or more areas central to the College of Agricultural Sciences strategic plan, including sustainability, advanced agricultural systems, integrated health solutions, entrepreneurship, and environmental resilience, is expected. An ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university is required. Salary will be competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Candidates must update a curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, statements of teaching and research experiences and interests, up to three relevant publications, and a list of at least three professional references. Position will begin January 2016 or as negotiated.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088