Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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Vice President of Research
Materials Research Institute


The Materials Research Institute at Penn State University seeks outstanding applicants for a postdoctoral scholar position focused on molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth and characterization of two-dimensional (2D) materials. The postdoc position is part of a new NSF Materials Innovation Platform national facility at Penn State – the 2D Crystal Consortium (2DCC) - which is focused on the development of 2D films and crystals for applications in next-generation electronics. The goal of the platform is to provide individuals at universities, federal laboratories and industry with the equipment infrastructure and human capital to conceive, research, and develop the next generation of materials systems to maintain the United States’ pre-eminence in electronic material, device, and component technology. Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry or a closely related field, a strong record of related research and experience maintaining and operating ultrahigh vacuum thin film deposition equipment. Specific experience with one more of the following will be considered a plus: MBE growth of compound semiconductors, oxides and/or chalcogenide thin films; angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) of thin films; application pulsed high power lasers to materials characterization. This position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment in support of the goals of the users of the 2DCC. The postdoctoral scholar will work on the development of an innovative fiber-laser-based ARPES system integrated in vacuo with Multi-Module UHV MBE growth which will enable rapid data collection for electronic structure analysis of complex 2D heterostructures. The postdoctoral scholar will perform world-leading 2D materials synthesis research aligned to the goals of the 2DCC-MIP, including in situ characterization tool development for both in-house research and for the support of research projects by the external user community. The postdoctoral scholar will also assist in the coordination and management of the Materials Innovation Platform, including facilitating user needs, preparation of reports for research sponsors, and scientific outreach to the professional research community. To be considered for this position, applicants should include a curriculum vitae, a cover letter with a summary of relevant skills and experience and contact information for three professional references (name, position title, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term position with excellent opportunities for 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