Energetics/Reactive Materials Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Information Sciences and Technology


The College of Information Sciences and Technology and the Applied Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University are currently seeking US Citizen candidates for a postdoctoral scholarship position. The job location is in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Scholars Program was designed to utilize mission-critical expertise possessed by highly qualified subject matter experts in DTRA’s mission to combat and respond to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and use. The position will support research activities to improve methods focused on enhancing capabilities for prompt defeat of chemical and biological agents. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in physical science or engineering, such as Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or Materials Engineering or a related field. Skills required include knowledge of synthesis and processing of energetics/reactive materials, material combustion/detonation performance, and thermal decomposition of materials including chemical reaction pathways and kinetics. Experimental or theoretical specialties are welcome, but candidates need to be willing and flexible at learning and reviewing concepts beyond their specialty. This is not focused on bench research within a lab, but is focused on support of basic research and program management. The following are emphasized: (1) depth of analytic thinking to identify critical research needs and opportunities; and, (2) follow-up management of investments in basic research grants to foster success of the portfolio. The successful candidate will help implement new ideas into development of research topics, review proposals and scientific progress, and support grant oversight. Program success is achieved by increasing innovative knowledge needed for reducing threats posed by WMD threats, followed by fostering transition of basic research to applied research and development. A successful applicant must be a U.S. citizen capable of obtaining a security clearance, and be willing to re-locate to the Washington DC metropolitan area. The appointment will be for a one-year period with a possibility of renewal. To apply please upload a cover letter, CV or resume, and a completed application form. The application form can be accessed at https://ist.psu.edu/sites/default/files/DTRA%20Postdoc%20Application.pdf

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