Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
EMS Energy Institute


The Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering and the EMS Energy Institute at Penn State invites applications for an immediate post-doctoral scholar position. Broadly, the research involves carbon materials and their characterization - ranging from combustion produced soot to graphene, and addressing topics such as oxidative reactivity and functionalization, respectively. These themes connect fields spanning materials, human health, and energy. Extensive analytical characterization using the instruments at the Penn State Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL) and laboratory-based preparation is common to these material studies. Current projects include laser processing of carbon materials, juxtaposed with heat treatment studies; a second is spectroscopic characterization of carbonaceous materials. Work on multiple projects is to be anticipated. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science, or related field. Strong background and training in chemistry and materials characterization techniques (e.g. TEM) is required. Experience with pulsed lasers, optics, spectroscopy and associated spectral acquisition systems is highly desirable. Candidates should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent computer skills. Fluency and/or high adaptability with specialized data analysis software, e.g. Origin and analytical instrumental software packages is also desirable. Interested candidate should submit the following: an application letter highlighting qualifications for the position; a curriculum vitae including educational background, employment history, and a list of peer reviewed publications; research statement of your interests in the context of desired qualifications; contact information for three referees.

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