Assistant Professor of Plant Response to Abiotic Stress

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Science


Responsibilities: Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a 25% teaching and 75% research appointment. The successful applicant is expected to develop an externally funded, high impact research program on plant response to abiotic stress, e.g. mechanisms employed by plants to tolerate water-deficit, heat, flooding, UV radiation and/or nutrient deficit. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work addresses plant response to stresses imposed on plants and plant systems as a result of climate change. Candidates should be capable of using cutting-edge approaches to uncover adaptive mechanisms employed at the molecular, whole-plant and/or systems level and the ability to work across levels is preferred. It is expected that the candidate’s work will focus on agroecosystems and we are particularly interested in candidates whose research may be applied to enhance agricultural productivity. Opportunities exist for research serving a variety of crop industries in the state, including agronomic and horticultural systems. Teaching responsibilities will include advanced and undergraduate courses in Plant Science. Candidates will be evaluated on their potential for publishing high impact work, obtaining extramural funding, teaching excellence, and collaboration in research and teaching within and outside the Department. Qualifications: Ph.D. in plant biology or a related field is required, and postdoctoral experience indicating independence and productivity is preferred. Applicants should provide evidence of strong potential for conducting and publishing research, being competitive for external research funding, excellence in research methods, excellence in teaching, and strong interest and skills to mentor and advise graduate students. Interest in and ability to contribute to interdisciplinary research collaborations in one or more areas central to the College of Agricultural Sciences strategic plan, including sustainability, advanced agricultural systems, integrated health solutions, entrepreneurship, and environmental resilience, is expected. An ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university is required. SALARY: Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available. Application: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017. Candidates must provide a curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, statements of teaching and research experiences and interests, up to three relevant publications, and a list of at least three professional references. Questions may be directed to Kathleen Brown (

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