Postdoctoral Scholar

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Energy and Mineral Engineering


The John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, and the EMS Energy Institute at the Pennsylvania State University has a position for a postdoctoral scholar opening in the Spring of 2018. The position will support a project funded by the Alpha Foundation to develop a holistic approach to reducing coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP) using integrated monitoring and response systems for respirable dust in surface mines and facilities. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in mining engineering or an environmental health-related engineering discipline. Experience in conducting field work including measurement of worker exposure to respirable dust in mining environments using air sampling equipment and direct-reading instruments (e.g., TSI DustTrak, Thermo-Scientific pDR-1500, PDM 3700, NIOSH EVADE software, Helmet-Cam, etc.) is highly desirable. Responsibilities will include developing and implementing experimental protocols for the evaluation of various types of respirable dust sensors in both laboratory and field settings, interfacing dust sensors with commercially available microprocessors (e.g., Arduino Uno 3) using existing or developed hardware and software systems, data collection/statistical analysis, and performance evaluation of the resulting integrated respirable dust monitoring networks using reference or benchmark instrumentation for the measurement of respirable dust concentrations. Familiarity with Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements for experimental work involving human subjects is highly desirable. The project will require travel to the partnering mine several times each year to gather field data. The successful candidate will possess strong communication/presentation skills with the ability to prepare progress reports, presentations, and publications, and to collaborate effectively with graduate students, faculty, and partnering mine personnel. The position will last for one year with the possibility of renewal for subsequent years as funding permits. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field. To be considered for this position, please submit a CV, cover letter, contact information for three references, and any relevant publications. Review of applications will begin immediately and will 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 $16,104 $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