Research Technologist 2

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – G – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Full/Part Time:


The Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology department is looking for a Research Technologist to maintain irreplaceable PSU mushroom culture collections. Selected individual will make routine transfers of over 1,000 cultures and liquid nitrogen storage. Media preparation, transfer via sterile technique strain selection, and liquid transfers. Complete culture request from culture collections worldwide for use by researchers, commercial spawn suppliers and mushroom farms. Conduct culture validation crop tests of PSU mushroom cultures at the Mushroom Research Center for graduate students. Statistical information is determined and used to determine strain selections for research and commercial growers worldwide. Respond to daily email, telephone and laboratory visits or requests for Mushroom cultivations, culture maintenance, laboratory operations, and spawn preparation instructions. Molecular biological techniques including extraction of nuclear acids, PCR amplification, sequencing analysis. May supervise and coordinate daily activities of departmental dishwasher; i.e. hire and train each person to wash department glassware, use autoclaves, dishwasher and drier. Assistant department students and staff in autoclave operations as needed. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Degree in plant pathology or related area with one preferred but not required. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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