Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural and Biological Engineering


The Salis Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University (USA) seeks to recruit Postdoctoral Scholars with a strong background in computational modeling of biological systems, including utilization of dynamical systems theory, statistical thermodynamics, stochastic chemical kinetics, Markov processes, and control theory, for a fast-paced, cross-disciplinary DARPA-funded project that seeks to develop hybrid modeling and machine learning approaches to predict and rationally engineer the functions of biological systems. This project will have a strong collaborative component with other DARPA program participants. As a member of the Salis lab, you will join a team that has extensive experience with integrating both computational and experimental approaches to engineering genetic systems for Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering applications. Applications are welcomed from highly motivated, creative, and productive individuals to join our team. The position begins in January 2018 and may continue for up to four years, following the successful completion of a one-year probationary period, and contingent on satisfactory performance. A Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Bioengineering, Biophysics, Physics, or related fields is required (earned within the last five years is preferred). Preferred Job Qualifications: A proven track record of high-quality first author publications within the relevant topical areas. Experience in computational modeling of biological systems using a variety of techniques. Experience with the creative application of modeling techniques to discover and explain new phenomena. Excellent written and oral skills, fluency in English, and the ability to author high-quality publications. A self-motivated and organized person who is capable of meeting milestones in a timely manner.

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