Postdoctoral Researcher

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Agricultural Sciences


The Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Entomology is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to coordinate and conduct research and extension activities in a multi-disciplinary project to investigate the effects of crop, cover crops, and soil characteristics on the fungus, Metarhizium, a soilborne insect pathogen and plant-protective endophyte, in an organic agronomic cropping system. Research will include isolation and identification of Metarhizium from on-going organic research-station and on-farm experiments using bioassay and molecular techniques; determination of ability of local isolates to form endophytic relationships with cash crops and selected cover crops; determination of the effects of endophytic Metarhizium on corn and two corn pests, black cutworm, Agrotis ipsilon, and the phytopathogen, Cochliobolus heterostrophus; and determination of the effect of endophytic Metarhizium on the expression of key defense genes in corn. The incumbent will help incorporate research information into extension and educational materials and activities, and into undergraduate curricula. The successful candidate will work directly with project team consisting of research and extension faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and technicians, research station personnel and a farmer and extension advisory panel in guiding the research and outreach education associated with the project. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication (oral and written), analytical, organizational and record-keeping skills, have the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines, must possess exemplary interpersonal skills and demonstrate an appreciation for working with diverse audiences in a team environment. This position requires a recent PhD in Entomology, Plant Pathology, Plant Biology, Agronomy or related field that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Knowledge about the production of agronomic crops in a field and greenhouse setting is desirable. Interested applicants should upload a letter of application briefly describing their experience, interest in the position and career goals, curriculum vitae, copy of college transcripts, and contact information for three references. For questions please contact Dr. Mary Barbercheck, Department of Entomology, at: For more information about the position please contact Dr. Barbercheck; Dr. María del Mar Jiménez-Gasco, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology,; or Dr. Dawn Luthe, Dept. of Plant Sciences, Screening of applicants will begin October 1, 2016 and will continue until a suitable applicant has been identified. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the opportunity for renewal contingent on the availability of funding.

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