Assistant Research Professor

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Engineering
Engineering Science and Mechanics


The laboratory of Melik Demirel in the department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at the Pennsylvania State University is seeking applicants for an Assistant Research Professor position. The Demirel Lab studies fundamental structure-property relationships in protein materials and applies these studies to diverse problems including advanced fibers and textiles, thermal diodes, and photonic devices. This position involves design, implementation, and data analysis for the directed evolution of protein materials and requires the supervision of postdoctoral researchers and graduate students and the co-authoring of grant applications, progress reports, and journal articles. A successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in molecular biology, chemistry, materials science, or a related field, with proven independent and collaborative research experience involving gene and gene-library design and construction, as well as high-throughput protein expression and purification. The ideal candidate will have a strong background and publication record in the design or engineering of protein materials with an emphasis on novel transport and optical properties. A complete application includes a cover letter describing research and mentoring experience, a CV, and contact information for at least two professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment starting July 1, 2019 funded for 1 year.

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