Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology: Phytobiomes

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, innovative research program on plant-associated microbiomes (“phytobiomes”). We are looking for candidates using cutting-edge ‘omics’ approaches to elucidate and exploit the multitrophic interactions among and between microorganisms and the plant environment, that influence the health of agricultural, forest or other natural systems. Strength in the implementation and/or development of bioinformatics pipelines that support and integrate microbiome research is desired. Teaching responsibilities will include an advanced applied course relating to environmental microbiology and next-generation microbiome datasets in natural, agricultural and food systems, as well as an undergraduate course in microbial evolution and/or genomics. Candidates will be evaluated on their potential for publishing high impact work, extramural funding, teaching excellence, and collaboration in research and teaching within and outside the Department. Ph.D. in plant pathology, 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 upload 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