Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute


Penn State’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute is seeking to hire one to three postdoctoral scholars to work at the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory funded by the National Science Foundation. The positions could be filled as early as summer, 2019. We are seeking innovative researchers with interest and expertise in the following areas: Geophysics Postdoc: This associate will work to investigate how climate, weathering, and rock properties influence subsurface critical zone architecture at the SSHCZO using near-surface seismic, ground-penetrating radar, and/or electrical resistivity methods, in addition to borehole logs. The optimal candidate would have the ability to manipulate large datasets and to compare different kinds of data. Field and modelling expertise would be optimal. Hydrology Postdoc: This associate will work to model a large watershed using hydrologic, soil, and meteorological data measured in smaller subcatchments. The associate should have skills in hydrology, hydrologic modelling, and/or air-land surface modelling. Experience in geochemistry, geology, or ecohydrology could be helpful. The optimal candidate would have experience with PIHM. Carbon cycle Postdoc: The team is searching for a postdoctoral fellow who wishes to study the terrestrial carbon cycle in complex terrain. The position will include synthesis of observations with terrestrial ecosystem models (both quantitative and conceptual), and evaluation of the processes and data that are most critical for constructing high fidelity reanalyses and predictions of the terrestrial carbon cycle in the forested, complex landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains. Expertise in terrestrial ecosystem models and processes, biogeochemical and ecological observations, and model-data syntheses are all desirable. Each Postdoctoral associate will also attempt to synthesize progress to date on these topics at the SSHCZO, an observatory close to the Penn State University Park campus. The successful candidate will be expected to work with multiple SSHCZO investigators, whose expertise can be brought to bear on these problems. The ability to work well in a team is a requirement, and the ability to drive a motor vehicle for occasional field work is optimal. The appointment is for a one-year term, with the possibility of renewal. A Ph.D. in a relevant field is required by the date of hire. Candidates should include a letter of interest, a CV, and contact information for three references with the application. The Pennsylvania State University`s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building 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 share this commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement that 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