Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

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


The Karuza Lab is looking for qualified individuals to apply for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in the area of cognitive neuroscience and learning. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be stationed at The Pennsylvania State University’s main campus at University Park. We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate with a neuroscience background (in particular functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging; fMRI) who will play a key role in contributing to research on the cognitive and neural processes that support complex pattern learning. The lab has an interest in studying learning mechanisms across domains, so candidates with experience ranging from language acquisition to visual processing are welcome to apply. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Science or a related field, or have completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Experience with fMRI techniques is strongly preferred. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be expected to design and coordinate experiments, present data at national and international conferences, and write manuscripts. Extensive mentorship is available for these activities to help prepare for an independent research career. The Postdoctoral Scholar will have ample opportunities to interact with several vibrant research communities at Penn State University (including the Center for Language Science,; the Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition,; and the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center, The initial appointment will be for one year, with the strong possibility of a renewal. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and qualifications. Interested candidates must submit an online application, and should include as attachments a current CV, a cover letter with a statement of research experience and interests, 2-3 recent publications, and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date of the appointment is flexible, but preferably no later than September 2019. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Elisabeth Karuza at (website:

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