Assistant Research Professor (Drawdown Initiative Lead)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Vice President of Research
Institutes of Energy and the Environment


Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) seeks to hire an Assistant Research Professor to fill the role of Drawdown Initiative Leader to support Penn State’s new partnership with Project Drawdown ( Through this partnership, Penn State will coordinate a global community of research institutions collecting data, developing models, educating students and implementing projects supporting Project Drawdown’s solutions to reverse global warming. The Drawdown Initiative Leader will report to the IEE Director and, with strategic direction from the leadership of Project Drawdown and Senior Research Fellows, will operationalize all aspects of the developing partnership. As a part of an international scientific organizing committee and as chair of a local organizing committee, the Drawdown Initiative Leader will develop and organize the first Drawdown International Conference to be held at Penn State September 16-18, 2019. The Drawdown Initiative Leader will work with Project Drawdown staff as well as students and faculty at Penn State and other academic institutions to monitor research and identify, acquire, and manage data and models for the Drawdown solutions. The Initiative Lead will enable and facilitate the development of inter-disciplinary and convergent research teams of investigators internal and external to Penn State. The successful candidate may participate in the research where appropriate. This could involve facilitating preparation of grants, direct performance of research, and/or assistance with writing academic papers or reports to Project Drawdown. This position will also coordinate and monitor summer research and education experiences of a cohort of approximately forty Drawdown undergraduate scholar/faculty projects. The successful candidate must be a self-starter with good time management skills. The responsibilities of this position may involve travel to scientific and organizational meetings. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to and ability to successfully advocate for diversity and the values of inclusion. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year.

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