Post Doctoral Position

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Engineering
Engineering Science and Mechanics


A postdoctoral position studying the neural basis of functional connectivity in awake rodents is available in the labs of Patrick Drew ( and Nanyin Zhang ( We are looking for a highly-motivated candidate to work in a NIH BRAIN-Initiative supported project dissecting the cellular and circuit basis of resting-state hemodynamic signals. The candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team employing electrophysiology, fiber photometry, optogenetics, and fMRI to understand the neural circuits driving spontaneous hemodynamic signals. The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field. The candidate should have previous experience with in vivo electrophysiology, a strong programming background (Matlab or Python), at least one first-author publication, and excellent communication skills. The position is for one year, with possibility of extension contingent on funding. The University Park campus of Penn State is located in State College, Pennsylvania. State College has a low cost of living, highly rated public schools, and ample opportunity for nearby outdoor recreational activities (skiing, boating, fly-fishing, hiking and mountain biking). Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted 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