Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology


The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to perform a primary role in developing biological control cocktails that could be used to suppress bacterial blotch of mushroom in organic production systems. Specific projects will include enriching, isolating, and characterizing bacteriophage that specifically target blotch inciting pathogens, as well as screening mushroom colonizing non-pathogenic bacteria for the ability to antagonize mushroom pathogens. In addition to conducting research, the incumbent will have a lead role in developing and instructing an undergraduate-level experiential learning course, where the students from regional institutions will directly participate in research activities related to isolating and screening bacteriophages. The incumbent will also have roles in training undergraduate and graduate researchers within the laboratories of Drs. Bull and Hockett; synthesizing data and preparing scientific manuscripts; and presenting research results at local and national scientific conferences. The successful candidate must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication (both oral and written) skills. Competitive candidates must have significant microbiological experience, particularly bacteriophage experience, with an established track record of such (i.e. publications). Experience with microbiome sequencing and analysis, as well as outreach to groups underrepresented in STEM fields is desired. Plant pathology and/or mushroom production experience will be viewed positively. This position requires a PhD in microbiology, plant pathology, or related field.

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