Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

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


The Graduate Program in Acoustics at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus invites applications for an appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar. The successful applicant will work with the others in the Graduate Program in Acoustics on ASCENT Project 41 “Identification of noise acceptance onset for noise certification standards of supersonic airplanes,” and specifically on the topic of secondary sonic booms, sometimes called over-the-top (OTT) sonic booms. The applicant will also interface with research and engineering staff at NASA, several industry partners, and the sponsor, the Federal Aviation Administration. All requirements for a Ph.D. in Acoustics or a closely related field must be completed and direct research experience on the topic of sonic booms is also required. The successful applicant will have research experience with the PCBoom computer program, as well as extensive experience with Matlab. The successful applicant will have knowledge of modeling methods for acoustic propagation in the presence of atmospheric turbulence. The successful applicant is expected to work independently on projects identified by United Technologies Corporation Professor of Acoustics Victor W. Sparrow, assist with preparation of research proposals, conduct research, and document research results in refereed journal publications. Appointment is available for one year. Candidates for consideration must submit a cover letter of interest, CV, and two professional references to include emails and phone numbers. Resumes will be reviewed upon receipt and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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