Assistant Professor of Plant Secondary Metabolites and Human Health

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Science


The Department of Plant Science at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a dynamic individual for a tenure-track 9-month Assistant Professor with 75% research and 25% teaching responsibilities. The successful candidate will teach “Plant Propagation” and “Genetics of Plant Metabolites: Plant and Human Health”, and also contribute guest lectures in other courses related to plant biology and plant genetics. The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally funded research program to focus on understanding the role of plant secondary metabolites and gut bacterial interactions in promoting health and enhancing health promoting compounds in horticultural and/ or agronomic crops. Recruitment and advising of graduate students is expected. Candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent by the date of appointment. Candidate must possess disciplinary depth in pre-harvest and genetic factors effect on the content and composition of secondary metabolites and their bioactivity in relevance to human health, with the ability and desire to collaborate in multidisciplinary programs with researchers from Food Science, Veterinary Science and Nutritional Sciences. Experience in teaching and advising students is highly desirable, as is success with federal funding. The candidate must have strong writing and oral communication skills. An ability to relate effectively to a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students is required. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with background and experiences. An attractive benefits package is available. Applicants should upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a letter describing your research and teaching interest and experiences, academic transcripts, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin on January 18, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

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