Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


The Lindner Lab at The Pennsylvania State University ( is recruiting an outstanding post-doctoral scientist for a NIH-funded (R01) project to focus on Cryo-EM studies of medically relevant proteins from the malaria parasite (Plasmodium spp) in collaboration with Dr. Susan Hafenstein. This scientist will benefit strongly from a state-of-the-art Titan Krios microscope (installed and operational Fall 2017 in our building) with on-site experimental and computational infrastructure and support. A senior-level technician in the Lindner Lab is established as another key member of the team to facilitate these studies. We are looking for Ph.D. level candidates (or those who will receive their degree in the next 4-6 months) who are well trained in structural biology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or parasitology. Candidates will have at least 1-2 first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals (either published or accepted), will have strong experience in molecular biology and microbiology techniques, and protein expression and purification (gravity flow, FPLC). Candidates should be willing to learn and become an expert in all aspects of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Cryo-EM, including sample preparation, instrument use, and data analysis. Above all, candidates must have a strong work ethic, superb organizational skills, and a keen attention to detail in order to be successful in this position. Preferred candidates will have conceptual and practical experience with TEM and Cryo-EM experimental (sample preparation/screening/vitrification) and computational (RELION, cryoSPARC) approaches. The Lindner Lab is part of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the main campus of Penn State University (University Park, PA), and is outfitted with several exceptional core facilities, including a world-class insectary. We are also a part of the Center for Malaria Research (CMaR) at Penn State, which is a collaborative community of 14+ research groups that investigate the entire life cycle of the parasite, as well as host-parasite interactions. We are also a part of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) and Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease (CMIID) to contribute to/benefit from our colleagues who are pursuing other pathogens and experimental strategies. The successful candidate will be offered competitive salary and benefits packages, as well as considerable professional development opportunities. Applicants must submit/upload a letter of interest, along with your CV, a brief description of your career goals, and the names and contact information for three scientific/professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $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