Assistant Research Professor or Researcher in Ancient DNA

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of the Liberal Arts


The new ancient DNA laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Anthropology is seeking applications for an Assistant Research Professor or Researcher with experience in ancient DNA or low-biomass biomolecular research. The successful candidate will oversee daily laboratory operations in a new ancient DNA facility and a low-biomass modern DNA facility. In addition, the person selected will lead laboratory analyses in palaeomicrobiology and paleomicrobiome research, examining microorganisms in ancient humans, soils, environments, and animals and modern medical specimen with low-biomass. The candidate must be familiar with Next Generation Sequencing methods and applicants would ideally have additional experience in microbiology or microbial ecology related fields, although not required. Ideal candidates should be hard working and self-motivated, enjoy working in a team environment, and have excellent communication skills. Additional experience with sample data basing, human and animal research ethics applications, and ordering/invoicing is also preferred. The appointment would be as an Assistant Research Professor for candidates with a Ph.D. and as a Researcher for those without a Ph.D., with salary commensurate with appointment and experience. The position will begin immediately and is available for four years, with the option to renew after that time. For additional questions about the position, please email: To apply for this position, please submit an online application and submit: 1) a two-page cover letter describing your related experience; 2) your CV; and 3) the names and contact information of three professional references.

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