Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Ecosystem Science and Management


A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University in the area of nutrient cycling in agroecosystems. The candidate will mainly work with existing data to assess nitrogen availability from cover crops and soil organic matter. A major emphasis will be on the role of cover crop species selection and mixture design in controlling nitrogen dynamics. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire. Strong quantitative skills are required to apply statistical and perhaps simulation models to predict nitrogen dynamics in row crop systems of the mid-Atlantic. The position also includes some project management and field research and outreach responsibilities. Penn State has a large and vibrant cropping systems research program with an exceptional record of postdoctoral training and placement in research positions throughout the country. The successful applicant will work closely with Dr. Jason Kaye and Dr. Charles White but will be encouraged to develop collaborations in sustainable agriculture across Penn State. This is a one-year position, with potential for renewal to work in the area of nutrient cycling on other grants. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. Penn State encourages applications from members of these groups. Central Pennsylvania offers thriving communities with a reasonable cost of living, excellent schools and health care systems and numerous recreational, arts and entertainment opportunities. The area offers beautiful mountains, streams and parks, as well as superb sports and recreational opportunities. State College and the surrounding communities are home to approximately 100,000 people, including over 45,000 students. Interested individuals are invited to apply at For further information, contact Dr. Jason Kaye (; 814-863-1614). Application materials requested are: cover letter (describe research interests, experience, and career plan), CV, and names and contact information for three individuals who can provide references. Applications will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2019, and the search will continue until the position is filled. Desired start date is August 1, 2019.

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