Postdoctoral Scholar in Cereal Mycorrhiza

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Science


The Department of Plant Science at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position to study the impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis on cereal production. Focusing initially on maize and sorghum, the successful candidate will design and conduct field experiments using mycorrhiza-resistant varieties to assess the role of mycorrhizal symbiosis under different agronomic scenarios, drawing on the wealth of expertise available on campus for the evaluation of plant root systems and their associated biota. The candidate will collaborate with physiologists, soil-scientists, molecular biologists and geneticists to address broader questions related to mycorrhizal symbiosis, including consideration of local-adaptation, the role of mycorrhizae in traditional and low-input farming systems, and functional shifts during domestication and crop improvement. The position requires a Ph.D. at the time of filling, with experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: field evaluation of plant growth, mycorrhizas, root architecture and rhizosphere communities; work with cereal crops; plant nutrient relations; statistical analysis. Grant writing and project management experience are desirable. The ability to communicate effectively, to provide leadership, to contribute to the land-grant mission of the University, and to relate to a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders is essential. Applications received by July 6, 2019 will receive full consideration. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, a list of three references, and a cover letter describing their interests and qualifications for the position. Questions can be directed to: Dr. Ruairidh Sawers, Assistant Professor of Plant Response to Abiotic Stress, 204 Tyson Building, University Park, PA 16802; 814-863-2252;

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