Postdoctoral Fellow

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


The main objective of this joint project between the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) is to survey and identify high-risk pathogens threatening specialty crops in Pennsylvania using both the molecular and conventional tools. Main target pathogens are Phytophthora species, but additional pathogens may be included. Main responsibilities include: identifying Phytophthora pathogen isolates via sequencing and phylogenetic analysis; and conducting real-time PCR-based detection of P. ramorum in stream bait samples and plant materials submitted by PDA plant health inspectors and Forest Service cooperators around several eastern states. Candidates are expected to have earned a Ph.D. degree. Experience in phylogenetics and molecular diagnosis is highly desirable. The incumbent will work in the Plant Diagnostic Laboratory at PDA located at 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA. This location is about 1.5 hours away from Penn State. This appointment could be extended beyond one year, depending on solid performance and fund availability. Salary will commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should upload a cover letter outlining relevant educational and research experiences, CV and contact information for three references. More information about this position may be obtained by contacting Dr. Seogchan Kang at

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