Postdoctoral Researcher

Penn State University

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


Supervisors: Tom Baker and Nina Jenkins, Department of Entomology, Penn State. The candidate will perform research on the behavior, ecology, and chemical ecology of the mushroom phorid fly, Megaselia halterata, a severe pest of cultivated mushrooms in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United States. M. halterata is also a severe nuisance pest to homeowners in residential areas near mushroom farms. The candidate will perform field trapping experiments to determine the distribution of adult mushroom phorids in and around mushroom-growing buildings and surrounding neighborhoods. The field trapping experiments performed by the candidate will attempt to reveal the movements of flies between growing rooms in mushroom-growing buildings and between these buildings and surrounding residential areas. The candidate will perform experiments to try to identify the sex pheromone of M. halterata, and find potential attractants for adult female mushroom phorids through behavioral bioassays, airborne collections of volatile emissions from mushroom mycelia, and other sources. The candidate will perform electroantennogram (EAG) electrophysiological assays both in isolation and coupled to a gas chromatograph for GC/EAG analyses of pheromone extracts, the volatile emissions from mushroom mycelia, and other sources. The candidate will also conduct efficacy trails on biopesticide products with potential for control of larval and adult stages of M. halterata. The candidate will work as part of a team, and will collaborate with stakeholders in the mushroom industry. Results from this research will be utilized to develop novel and effective management strategies for M. halterata.

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