Research Associate - Evolutionary Risk Analyses in Human Health

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science


The evolution of drug resistance is one of the major challenges for 21st Century Medicine. One approach is to discover new drugs to replace those that are failing, but a much cheaper approach is to use the drugs we already have in ways which slow or prevent resistance emergence (stewardship). We are interested in hiring up to four people who are passionately interested in giving stewardship science a rigorous grounding in modern evolutionary theory. Projects include experimental work with drug resistance in malaria and with bacteria present in US hospitals, epidemiological and genomic analyses of hospital infections, statistical analyses of electronic health records, and the development and application of evolutionary models in health-care settings. There may also be options in cancer. Ideal candidates will have a PhD in cogent science (such as evolutionary biology, ecology, mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, bioinformatics, genomics, microbiology). Candidates for Research Associate position must have a proven record of extensive research accomplishments through publication, conference presentations, and seminars. It is expected that the successful applicant(s) will in due course submit research proposals for self-support. We are looking for people whose interests coincide with ours but with skill sets that add to those already in our groups (, Experience with evolution in health care settings is desirable, but more critical is a keen interest in the application of basic science to improve real-world health outcomes and the capacity to operate in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. These positions are primarily based at Penn State, but hospital-motivated projects may involve substantial time at the University of Michigan Health System and at the Geisinger Health System Applications must be submitted electronically and must include a cover letter describing research experience, interests and ambitions, a CV, and contact information for three references. Informal inquiries to Andrew Read PhD or Robert Woods MD PhD ( Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of renewal.

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