Computational Scientist 3

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – K – Exempt
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Full/Part Time:


The Laboratories of Dr. B. Franklin Pugh, Willaman Professor of Molecular Biology and Evan Pugh University Professor, and Dr. Shaun Mahony, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, are seeking a highly motivated, senior computational scientist with proven experience in developing open-source bioinformatic software and research applications. Together, the Pugh and Mahony labs (, conduct state-of-the-art research in molecular biology and computational biology, with emphasis in eukaryotic gene regulation, epigenetics, epigenomics, tumor diagnostics, machine-learning and high-throughput computer-aided analytic workflows. This long-term position has the following responsibilities: Technical team lead for development of bioinformatics software and database platforms; Designing and identifying the requirements for interactive database applications; Programming analytical methods for epigenomic DNA sequencing data; Develop and support a codebase written with Python, JavaScript and Java. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in a field of study with focus on computational research methods or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Qualifications include: An understanding of molecular biology at a basic level, and genomics at an advanced teaching level; Professional software engineering training, courses, or on-the-job experience; Proficiency in one or more of the programming languages in our current codebase: Java, Python, C/C++; Experience developing and running software builds on a UNIX platform; Working experience with high-performance computing clusters preferred; Experiential knowledge programming for statistical methods expected; Experience with peer design, code reviews, source code management and deployment management is required. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter and resume. A project portfolio and set of code samples from previous work will be requested for all applicants selected for an interview. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with excellent 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