Research Associate

Penn State University

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


A Research Associate position is available immediately at The Pennsylvania State University. The successful candidate will perform research in the laboratory of Dr. Kateryna Makova, Professor of Biology. The Makova Lab uses molecular biology, genetics and genomics techniques to study rates and patterns of mammalian mutations. Hands-on laboratory experience is required, with expertise in several of the following basic molecular biology techniques: library preparation for next generation sequencing, operating a next generation sequencing machine (MiSeq), DNA and RNA isolation from mammalian tissues, PCR, molecular cloning, and sequencing. Experience in cytogenetic techniques is a plus. The successful applicant must have the ability to plan, execute, interpret, summarize, and troubleshoot independent research and collaborate effectively with members of a research team. Working knowledge of molecular evolution is an advantage. Once hired, you will work in a wet lab, but will interact closely with computational biologists on data analysis (including that of next-generation sequencing data). Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter that summarizes relevant experience and reasons for interest in the job, along with a CV that includes contact information for three references (name, position title, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address). This job will be filled at a level depending upon the successful candidate`s competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a PhD degree in Biology or Molecular Biology (or a closely related field) plus several years of lab work related experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with a possibility of re-funding depending on performance. Review of applications will begin immediately and 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 $16,584 $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