Research Associate

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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Vice President for Research


The Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL) is a fully staffed, open access, analytical research facility at Penn State`s Materials Research Institute, charged with enabling research while educating the next generation of highly qualified researchers. Staffed by >20 interdisciplinary scientists and engineers, we are passionate about education and collaborative problem solving. Our laboratories occupy >15,000 ft2 within the Millennium Science Complex (MSC). More than just a collection of laboratories and instruments, the > 275,000 ft2 MSC embodies a new style of research where engineering, physical sciences, life sciences, and environmental sciences augmented by high-speed computation converge to open new frontiers in human health, energy, and materials science. Each year the Materials Characterization Laboratory supports >1000 users from >40 Penn State departments, and >100 external organizations (industry, government labs, and other academic institutions). Current MCL capabilities include the following: electron and ion microscopy, molecular spectroscopy, electron and ion spectroscopy, x-ray scattering, surface metrology, thermal analysis, particle analysis, electrical characterization, and extensive sample processing resources. The MCL is seeking a highly qualified PhD researcher to lead in the use and development of Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) using a newly acquired Xenocs Xeuss 2.0. The successful candidate will work in a highly collaborative environment within Penn State, including faculty, staff, industrial partners, and graduate students. Position responsibilities include development of new experimental X-ray scattering techniques, supporting internal and external research projects, and execution of cutting-edge independent research. T he position requires a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or a related field with significant experience in the area of SAXS. Preferred candidates will have significant knowledge of soft matter X-ray scattering analysis and a desire to teach analysis methods to the user base. Additional expertise in the areas of wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), high-resolution diffraction, or powder diffraction are desirable. The ability to plan, execute, interpret, summarize, and report research results within a collaborative environment with other staff and faculty groups is essential. Good communication and teaching skills are required along with the desire to provide excellent customer service and to educate and build the X-ray scattering user community. For consideration for this position, applicants should upload a curriculum vitae and a cover letter that includes a summary of relevant work experience and reasons for interest in the job through posting. Please include contact information for three professional references (name, position title, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address).

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