Postdoctoral Scholar - Nutritional Sciences

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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College of Health and Human Development
Nutritional Sciences


The laboratory of Dr. Alison Gernand in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to work with an ongoing study on the placenta. The project is focused on the development and testing of a new placental tool for use in both research and clinical care. This is a collaboration with Dr. James Wang in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to interact with trainees in the Wang research group as well as placenta experts at other institutions. Primary responsibilities of the position include: data collection (with clinicians and pathologists), data analysis and interpretation, manuscript writing, and grant writing. There will also be opportunities for mentorship (graduate/undergraduate students) and teaching, depending on the interests and skills of the postdoctoral scholar. Experience in maternal and child health is required. Candidates must also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. There is a preference for applicants with experience and training in the following: clinical care, global health, public health, pregnancy, and the placenta. Specific background in nutrition is highly preferred but not required. Applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. To be considered, please complete the online application including a detailed cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term, 48 week appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of extension, depending on availability of funding and performance.

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