Assistant Professor

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Department of Ecosystem Science and Management


This Assistant Professor position is in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management and is also affiliated with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a discipline related to environmental microbiology, soil science, microbial ecology, or bioinformatics. This position will constitute a 75% research, 25% teaching appointment. The Department seeks candidates interested in conducting research to understand the distribution, composition, diversity, and functional impact of microbial communities in soil-plant habitats. We seek individuals with diverse interests in soil microbiomes and in teaching related courses. A successful applicant will have and be capable of: A documented track-record of experience with soil microbiome or environmental sample analyses with high-dimensional data from metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metabolomics investigations. Developing a strong, independent research program by securing extramural support and training graduate students. Engaging in the highly collaborative Penn State research environment. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses supporting soil science and related fields. The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management houses the soil science program within a broader interdisciplinary unit. We seek a colleague who will contribute to continuing excellence in our soils research and training programs, mentor students in Soil Science, in Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs in Ecology, Bioinformatics and Genomics and in Dual-Title doctoral programs. The incumbent will have the opportunity to interact with other scientists in the Huck Institutes Center for Microbiome Research, the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, and the Institute for CyberScience, as well as have access to state-of-the-art core research facilities including in genomics, metabolomics, and research computing, amongst others. Penn State encourages applications from members of these groups. Penn State is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. All Penn State faculty are expected to comply with relevant policies, maintain high ethical standards, and participate in professional service and/or outreach. The ability to engage with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students at Departmental, College, and University levels is an important aspect of this academic appointment. Central Pennsylvania offers thriving communities with a reasonable cost of living, excellent schools and health care systems and numerous recreational, arts and entertainment opportunities. The area offers beautiful mountains, streams and parks, as well as superb sports and recreational opportunities. State College and the surrounding communities are home to approximately 100,000 people, including over 45,000 students. Application materials requested are: cover letter, current CV, statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees and names and contact information for three individuals who can provide references. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1, 2018 and the search 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 $16,584 $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