Postdoctoral Scholar – Functional studies

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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Eberly College of Science
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Santhosh Girirajan in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University to study the molecular genetics basis of neurodevelopmental disorders using Drosophila melanogaster models. The research program is focused on using high throughput and quantitative techniques to understand the role of specific genes towards phenotypes in neurodevelopmental disorders. The position will involve working at the interface of human genetics and fruit fly models and will provide an opportunity to learn genomics as well as computational methods. Applicants should have obtained a PhD in molecular biology, neuroscience, or genetics using fruit fly models and should have experience handling fly stocks, performing large-scale genetic screens, and ability to carry out molecular biology experiments. Applicants must have a significant motivation to study human genetic diseases using flies, and should be confident, and independent. The candidate should be willing to supervise undergraduate students and graduate students as large-scale screens require a collaborative team of students and postdocs. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of renewal.

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