Postdoctoral Researcher

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Eberly College of Science


A Postdoctoral Researcher position is currently available at The Pennsylvania State University. The successful candidate will perform collaborative research in the groups of Dr. Charles T. Anderson, Associate Professor of Biology, and Dr. Enrique Gomez, Professor of Chemical Engineering, as part of the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF), an interdisciplinary Energy Frontiers Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy. CLSF seeks to develop a detailed understanding of plant cell walls, forming a foundation for significant advancement in sustainable energy and materials. The Anderson group uses molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemical analysis, and advanced microscopy to study the biosynthesis and dynamics of plant cell walls. The Gomez group combines synthesis capabilities, characterization tools such as X-ray scattering and electron microscopy, and in-house device fabrication and testing to investigate how structure relates to the properties of complex soft matter. Minimum requirements for the position include: A PhD in plant biology, materials science, or a closely related field; Expertise in several of the following techniques: characterization of plants using microscopy and/or spectroscopy, computational analysis of imaging and spectroscopy data, and/or biochemical and structural analysis of glycans; Ability to plan, execute, interpret, summarize, and trouble-shoot independent research; Ability to collaborate effectively with members of a research team; Excellent oral and written English communication skills. Applicants must include a cover letter that summarizes relevant experience and specific reasons for interest in the position, along with a CV that includes contact information for three references (name, position, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address). Review of applications will begin in immediately. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire, with 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