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:
Office of the Vice President for Research
Materials Research Institute


This position will support both of MRI’s core facilities (Materials Characterization Laboratory and Nanofabrication Laboratory) along with work on directly funded research projects. Applicants should hold a PhD degree in mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, or a closely related field, and have strong laboratory and analytical skills and experience. The following skills are required for the core facilities: experienced in electrical characterization of insulating and conducting samples and familiar with the operation of standard measurement equipment such as inductance/capacitance/resistance meters, impedance analyzers, digital multimeters, pico-ammeters and high voltage amplifiers and be committed to follow and enforce established safety standards. Experience with scripting languages and sputter deposition is preferred. Experience in materials processing for low temperature ceramic co-fire equipment, including tape casting, lamination, screen-printing, and firing of parts. Applicants should have experience or be quick to learn processes to formulate ceramic and ink systems, powder processing, and pressing operations. Strong verbal and written communication skills, coupled with the ability to learn, understand and convey measurement techniques, processing techniques, and system limitations. These skills are required for training users and providing reports to external customers. Provide accurate estimates of project time requirements and costs for industrial and academic customers. For the research project portion of the position the candidate should have significant experience in one or more of the following techniques: polymer and polymer composite processing; electrical, dielectric, mechanical and electromechanical characterization; small and wide-angle x-ray; SEM. Additionally experience mentoring and supervising undergraduate and graduate students is required. The successful candidate will be: conducting research on low and high field dielectric properties pertaining to polymer-based composites; investigating the processing and characterization of soft nanoparticulate composites; obtaining experimental measurements of the local geometry, electromechanical properties, and charge content of interphases in SDnPCs; deriving and numerically implement a highly tractable homogenization framework to describe the effect of interphases containing free charges on the macroscopic electromechanical behavior of SDnPC and deploying this framework to explore the design of SDnPCs with enhanced electro strictive properties. This is a fixed term position funded for 1 year with excellent possibilities of being refunded.

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