Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering


The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA, is seeking exceptional candidates for a full-time Post-Doctoral Scholar position. The Postdoctoral Scholar will conduct both quantitative and qualitative social science research, examining the linkages and pathways between coal mining and the opioid epidemic in the Appalachian coal region. The position will require extended fieldwork in case study sites. The researcher will work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of EMS faculty members (Zhen Lei, Jennifer Baka and Sekhar Bhattacharyya) with expertise ranging from applied economics and econometrics, geography and mining engineering. The Postdoctoral Scholar’s skills will be enriched through intensive mentoring as well as strategic opportunities to engage a dynamic community of multi-disciplinary energy and resource scholars (composed of social scientists and energy scientists) and a large research community at the newly launched Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse at Penn State. Qualifications include: a Ph.D. in fields including applied economics, geography, public policy, or other related fields, by the time of hire, training and demonstrated ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative social science research, experience in conducting fieldwork, preferably in Appalachia, strong written and oral communication skills, the ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment, the ability to work in a multicultural and diverse environment. Applications should include: a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position, curriculum vitae (including publications list), and the names and contact information of three references. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The initial term of this position will be for 12 months from the date of hire. Funding for 6 additional months will be available with the possibility of further extension. The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

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