Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
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College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering


The Department of Chemical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in iSuperSEED: Biologically-Produced Nanomaterials (BPN) working with Dr. Seong Kim. With the support from the National Science Foundation, this collaborative ‘iSuperSeed’ research team of the Penn State MRSEC explores how the Rules of Life in biology can be deployed to adapt the highly-sophisticated synthesis and assembly machinery of living systems to the production of new crystalline, symmetry-enabled functional materials whose modes of material response arise directly from the exquisitely organized underlying biological substrate. The iSuperSeed2 team will leverage plant biology research of the DOE-funded Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF), which seeks a deeper understanding of the plant cell wall, in part by adapting methods of materials research in service of biology to conversely induce biological systems to create new materials. Genotype and extracellular environment will be modified and adapted to control the structure, composition, and crystalline order of cellulose across length scales in search of new modes of symmetry-enabled materials response such as single-domain piezoelectric response and the first examples of cellulosic ferroelectricity. Such proofs-of-principle would set the groundwork for IRG-level investigations into a broader range of non-linear electromechanical and optical functions in highly ordered, symmetry-enabled materials whose “materials phenotype” follows directly from their progenitor genotype and environment. The team is looking for a Postdoc who has expertise in nonlinear optical spectroscopy (such as SFG and SHG), electromechanical coupling measurements, and chemical processing of cellulosic materials. The Postdoc will work with a group of graduate students already working in this project and several professors involved in this project as well. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter and CV. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

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