Postdoctoral Scholar in Bioconversion Engineering

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Position: This is a one-year Postdoctoral Scholar appointment with a good chance of renewal for a second year. Research responsibilities: Conduct anaerobic digestion experiments with lignocellulosic biomass under controlled temperature, pH, and other reactor conditions. Assess measures of bioconversion performance and kinetics including structural carbohydrate solubilization and production of methane, carboxylic acids, and other co-products. Characterize microbial ecosystem dynamics using metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, biochemistry, and bioinformatics methods. Qualifications: 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. A Ph.D. must be in a relevant scientific, engineering, or technology discipline such as biological, chemical, biosystems, agricultural, environmental or fermentation engineering; biotechnology; or microbiology. Research experience or advanced coursework in fermentation engineering, microbial ecology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics is required. Research experience with fermentation and analysis of lignocellulosic biomass, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work cooperatively among a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and industry and government agency collaborators is essential. Application: Job application review will begin on January 4, 2019 and remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. Candidates must provide a 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) graduate transcripts; 4) statement of research interests; 5) 3 relevant publications; 6) list of at least 3 professional references. Questions can be directed to Dr. Tom L. Richard, The Pennsylvania State University at

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