Postdoctoral Scholar (Global Nutrition)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Health and Human Development
Nutritional Sciences


The Laboratory of Dr. Laura Murray-Kolb in the College of Health and Human Development, Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher with an interest in global nutrition. The mission of the Murray-Kolb Lab is to understand the neurophysiological and neuropsychological consequences of micronutrient deficiencies with the aim of informing the development of policies designed to improve maternal and child health worldwide. The position will focus on the influence of early-life nutritional and environmental factors on behavioral and cognitive development in children. The successful candidate will participate in analyzing existing data sets, writing of follow-up grants, and dissemination of findings through publications and presentations, among other things. The Postdoctoral Researcher must be able to work independently and as an interdisciplinary team member where they will have opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students. Additional qualifications include strong oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, and a detail-oriented work style. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and possess strong statistical skills (SAS and R preferred). Additional experience and/or training in child development, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, or a related field is desirable but not required. Please upload a cover letter (highlighting interest, qualifications, and scholarly goals), a copy of your most recent CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The ideal start-date is July 1, 2019 but other dates will be considered. This is a 48 week appointment funded for one year from date of hire. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Laura Murray-Kolb, PhD, Associate Professor and Professor in Charge of the Graduate Program (

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