Postdoctoral Scholar (Plant-Insect Interactions)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Agricultural Sciences


The Hoover/Eissenstat Labs seek a postdoctoral scholar in the area of plant-insect interactions, beginning January 1, 2019. The position involves working on Spotted Lanternfly (SLF, Lycorma delicatula) and its interactions with hardwood trees in landscape and forest systems. Spotted lanternfly is an invasive species from Asia that threatens multiple ornamental tree species in Southeastern PA, VA, NJ, and NY. We are particularly interested in why SLF are attracted to particular tree species, and how they affect trees physiology. Work will include monitoring sap flux, diameter growth (with point dendrometers) and carbohydrate chemistry of trees over the season under different levels of SLF infestation of saplings and mature trees. Interactions that induce plant signaling that alters host plant resistance is also of interest. Candidates with a background in tree physiology are encouraged. The successful candidate will work with Drs. Kelli Hoover (Department of Entomology) and David Eissenstat (Department of Ecosystem Science and Management). The position will be at The Pennsylvania State University Park campus, but extensive field work is anticipated during the growing season in the quarantine counties of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Inquiries can be made to either Dr. Hoover ( or Dr. Eissenstat ( Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire. This is a fixed-term position funded for one year from date of hire with a good possibility of 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