Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
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Office of the Vice President for Research
Materials Research Institute


The Materials Research Institute at Penn State seeks outstanding applicants for postdoctoral scholar position focused on metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) growth and characterization of two-dimensional (2D) materials. The postdoctoral position is part of the National Science Foundation funded Materials Innovation Platform national facility at Penn State – the 2D Crystal Consortium (2DCC) - which is focused on the development of 2D films and crystals for applications in next-generation devices. The goal of the platform is to provide individuals at universities, federal laboratories and industry with the equipment infrastructure and human capital to conceive, research, and develop the next generation of materials systems to maintain the United States’ preeminence in electronic material, device, and component technology. Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry or a closely related field, a strong record of related research and experience maintaining and operating thin film deposition equipment. Specific experience with MOCVD growth of compound semiconductors, oxides and/or chalcogenide thin films is a plus. This position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment in support of the goals of the users of the 2DCC. Position responsibilities: The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for performing world-leading 2D materials synthesis research aligned to the goals of the 2DCC-MIP, including both in-house research and the support of research projects by the external user community. Rich opportunities will be available for innovative equipment and process development and deep collaborations with theoretical/computational efforts focused on materials growth. The postdoctoral scholar will also assist in the coordination and management of the Materials Innovation Platform, including facilitating user needs, preparation of reports for research sponsors, and scientific outreach to the professional research community. To be considered for this position, applicants should include a curriculum vitae, a cover letter with a summary of relevant skills and experience and contact information for three professional references (name, position title, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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