Department of Biobehavioral Health – Open Rank Tenure Track Position Focused on Substance Abuse (with an option for directorship position)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Health and Human Development
Biobehavioral Health


The Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development ( announces an open-rank tenure line faculty position to start in August 2019 that integrates behavioral and biological approaches to examine substance abuse in vulnerable populations. Interdisciplinary and developmentally informed research programs that examine how environmental factors (e.g., early life trauma, developmental stress, impoverished social and physical environments) interact with biological factors (e.g., brain development, genetics) to increase adolescent/young adult susceptibility to substance abuse disorders and addiction are of particular interest. This position is part of a major strategic hire at Penn State to build scientific leadership and increase Penn State’s capacity for high impact, interdisciplinary, translational, and community-engaged collaborations to combat substance abuse and addiction. Candidates should demonstrate an established interdisciplinary research program, and a successful history of external funding, that integrates behavioral and biological approaches to examine substance abuse. We welcome candidates with research programs that integrate multiple levels of analysis, including those of a biological, social, and/or societal context. A doctorate in neuroscience, behavioral science, psychology, biology, sociology, public health, genetics, biostatistics or a related field is required. BBH seeks a faculty member who is interested in and committed to participating in an inter-disciplinary community of scholars at Penn State contributing to the mission of the new Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA; The CCSA is hiring a director and four additional substance abuse researchers with strong interdisciplinary and translational orientations that should advance theory and knowledge on the processes through which substance abuse and addiction emerge to inform on evidence-based policy, programs and practices for effective prevention and intervention. This consortium builds on existing interdisciplinary strengths within BBH, which examines substance abuse through a developmental lens and considers both biological and behavioral underpinnings of addiction. Additional consortium hires will occur over the next four years. As an initial part of this strategic hiring effort, the CCSA seeks a leader in the field of substance abuse research to serve as the Director for this new consortium. When applying to this open-rank faculty position, please indicate in your cover letter whether you wish to be also considered for this directorship. This position will be co-funded by the Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI; and the successful candidate is expected to build a strong collaborative link with one or more centers that are pertinent to the new consortium, including the Penn State Addiction Center for Translation; the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (; the Center for Healthy Aging (; the Methodology Center (; the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (, and the Center for Health Care and Policy Research ( Candidates should consider how their program of research will fit into this interdisciplinary environment and across these centers. This individual will have access to research facilities and institutes at Penn State, including the Department’s shared Biomarker Core Lab (; Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (; Center for Educational Disparities Research (; Child Maltreatment Solutions Network (; Population Research Institute (; Penn State Cancer Institute (; Institute for CyberScience (, and the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Direct any questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Christopher Engeland at To apply, applicants must complete an online application ( including a cover letter describing research and teaching interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and 3 reprints or preprints that convey research interests and expertise. Three professional letters of reference should be sent directly from the letter writers to Dr. Christopher Engeland at, or by postal mail to: Dr. Christopher Engeland, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Biobehavioral Health, 219 Biobehavioral Health Building, University Park, PA 16802. Please indicate "CCSA search – Applicant last name” in the subject line of email correspondence.

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