National Research Traineeship Program Coordinator

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute


A full-time, non-tenure track, fixed-term faculty position is available at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, to join its National Science Foundation(NSF)-funded National Research Traineeship (NRT) program as a Program Coordinator. This new, transdisciplinary, training program, called Landscape-U, creates partnerships between graduate students and managers, policy-makers, and/or entrepreneurs to co-create solutions to solve contemporary food-energy-water challenges at landscape scales. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the planning, communication, implementation, and evaluation of the training program in close collaboration with the faculty team. Landscape-U unites graduate students and faculty from multiple colleges, including cross-college graduate degree and dual-title programs in ecology, human dimensions of natural resources, and international agriculture and development. Specific activities of the Program Coordinator include recruitment of students into the program, especially underrepresented minorities, management and coordination of workshops and the program’s website, assistance with program evaluation, development of outreach and educational materials, and coordination of placement of students in internships with non-governmental organizations and/or the private sector. We expect to train 60 graduate students over the next 5 years. This position offers an opportunity that integrates creativity and leadership at the interface of graduate education, science, and policy. Qualifications for this position include a MA or MS degree completed before January 1, 2019. Applicants with a Ph.D. will be preferred. Candidates with expertise in fields related to education, ecology, geography, agriculture, landscape architecture, water resources, engineering, or energy is desirable. Experience in field-based education, hands-on experiential teaching, curriculum development, and/or program assessment are a plus. Successful candidates must have excellent organizational, written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills. This position requires that the person have the ability to multi-task, as well as to work effectively both independently and as a team. This is a 36 week appointment, funded for one year from the date of appointment, with possibility for renewal. Interested candidates should upload a letter of interest, a resume (including relevant course work), and contact information for 2-3 professional references with their applications. Review of applications will begin November 12, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Anticipated start date: January 1, 2019. Questions about the position should be directed to the NRT program director, Dr. Erica Smithwick, email

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