Life Sciences Postdoctoral Scholar

Washington D.C.
Date Announced:
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 postdoc will serve as a subject matter expert for DTRA and will assist researchers seeking to expand DTRA’s understanding of the means by which the Life Sciences may be applied to solving the most daunting challenges associated with acquisition, proliferation, and use of WMD. Biochemical and biological materials and systems are uniquely suited to address shortfalls in extant c-WMD capabilities and may provide solutions to previously intractable problems. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent. He or she should have a strong research background in one or more of the biologically-oriented physical or computational sciences such as biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, analytical chemistry, environmental sciences, radiation biology, bioinformatics, or systems biology inter alia. An interdisciplinary background is preferred. Experience working under the auspice of U.S. Department of Defense grants or contracts is desirable but not required. Primary tasks will include: developing technical reference documents and presentations; developing research topics and providing independent evaluation of research grants; providing technical and logistical assistance in support of Interagency working groups; attending professional meetings, workshops, conferences, reviews, and symposia to support Life Sciences focus areas; and participating in day-to-day grant management activities. This position does not support personal research, or take place in a laboratory setting. The successful applicant must be a US 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. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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