Research Technologist in Evolutionary Genomics

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 Renner Lab at The Pennsylvania State University is hiring a Research Technologist to assist in our research efforts to study comparative and evolutionary genomics. Responsibilities will include overseeing daily operations of the laboratory including purchasing reagents and lab supplies, managing the laboratory budget; creating and maintaining an electronic inventory of reagents and samples and other managerial responsibilities; establishing and optimizing research methods; analyzing, summarizing and reporting the data/results of experiments; and assisting in writing research summaries. The Research Technologist is expected to perform a variety of specialized tasks associated with conducting research experiments in the basic science laboratory, including work with arthropod and plant tissues. Molecular biology skills are necessary for this position, and experience with nucleic acid extraction (RNA and DNA), next-generation sequencing experiments (library prep, design, implementation and analyses), and phylogenetics is highly desirable. Additional responsibilities will include maintaining insects in the laboratory during field season, as well as plant tissue culture lines on a continual basis. The candidate will assist in training undergraduate and graduate students, and may participate in outreach activities. 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. Strong communication skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel are also necessary for this position. Applications should include a cover letter with an explanation of how your qualifications and experiences make you a good candidate for this position. Please include a CV with contact information for at least two referees. Informal inquiries about this position are welcome. For more information, please contact Tanya Renner, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University, Laboratory webpage: This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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