Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

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


Department of Plant Science at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a postdoctoral position to investigate the interaction between plant secondary metabolites and gut bacteria in colon health. Primary Responsibilities: Conceive and conduct experiments to determine the role of gut bacteria in the anti-inflammatory properties of dietary polyphenols using both in vitro and in vivo models of colonic inflammation and the dynamic interaction between gut bacteria and bioactive compounds in improving colon health.Disseminate research results through conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals.In addition to conducting their own research, the candidate will also lead MS and undergraduate students in related research projects.Participate in grant writing and fellowship applications. Develop with the PI a rigorous postdoctoral training plan that can lead to research independence. The successful applicant should have a PhD in plant science, food science, biochemistry or molecular biology or similar. The candidate should have demonstrated excellent scientific productivity evidenced by high-quality research publications, be able to conduct independent and creative research, and show good inter-personal and communication skills. Two-three publications as first or second author in a high-quality, peer reviewed international journals are strongly encouraged. Knowledge in colonic inflammation, murine models of colitis and/or gut bacteria and metabolomics methods would be considered an advantage. The duration of the position is one year with a possible additional extension for one more year. Applications will be reviewed starting immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed starting immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, samples of scholarly work, and three letters of recommendation. Please see Dr. Reddivari’s profile at:, and direct any questions to Dr. Reddivari at The laboratory employs both in vitro and in vivo models, and ‘omics’ approaches in conjunction with cellular and molecular techniques to determine anti-inflammatory properties of plant foods. List of publications from the lab are present in the link above.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088