Research Technologist (Applied Insect Ecology Research Technologist)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 01 – E – Non-exempt
  • 02 – G – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Full/Part Time:


The Department of Entomology at Penn State seeks a technician to advance insect ecology and management. Primary responsibilities will be to implement field and lab studies that improve management of pest and beneficial insects, and insect-vectored pathogens, in vegetable crops and enhance our understanding of migratory processes of lepidopterans. Establish and maintain plots to evaluate management practices, sample insects in agricultural systems, and conduct bioassays. Work includes data input, analysis, and quality control, drafting and distributing weekly reports, web page development, and running phenology models. Engage with colleagues to develop regional mapped views of pest pressure. Ensure lab safety, meet requirements of lab safety audits, and supervise summer employees. This job will be filled as a level 1, or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) with entomology experience is highly preferred. Experience in insect sampling and identification and a basic understanding of insect phenology is required. Computer literacy and aptitude is required, along with the ability to run statistical analyses, operate software that generates phenology predictions of insect life stages, write technical reports, and help develop web pages. Lab experience for insect rearing and bioassays is needed. Excellent communication and teamwork skills, and the ability to work independently, are essential. This position requires overnight travel and that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. In addition, a Pennsylvania Pesticide Certification in Category 18 is required and must be obtained within 90 days of hire. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with good possibility of re-funding. Please include your resume and contact information for three professional references. Salary commensurate with experience, with full benefits. Available March 12, 2018. For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Shelby J. Fleischer at

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