Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Behavioral Ecology

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
Ecosystem Science and Management


The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a non-tenure-track faculty position in Wildlife Behavioral Ecology. The position will be filled at the Assistant Research Professor level, on a 36-week academic year appointment, with 25% teaching and 75% research responsibilities. This is a fixed term three-year appointment with an excellent chance for renewal. The successful candidate is expected to interact with scientifically diverse faculty across campus and to develop an internationally recognized, extramurally supported research program focused on basic and applied research in the areas of cognition ecology, wildlife behavioral ecology, changes in cognition and behavior in response to climate and land use changes. The successful candidate will regularly publish research results in peer-reviewed internationally recognized scientific journals; develop grant proposals and attract research funding; and be willing to work with governmental and non-governmental organizations in Pennsylvania and the Northeast. The ability to articulate professional opinions in writing and in person is expected, including to granting and management agencies, the broader scientific community, and the public. We seek applicants who can research ecosystem responses to management actions, and with a commitment to developing diverse, inclusive, and equitable research, teaching, and outreach programs. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses such as Wildlife Behavior or Animal Welfare and a graduate course in the candidate’s area of expertise. Other responsibilities include mentoring graduate students, serving on graduate committees, advising undergraduate students, supervising undergraduate and graduate research, and service to the University community. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology, wildlife behavior, cognition ecology, evolution, or a related field; a strong publication record and the potential to develop a vigorous extramurally funded research program; and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and advising. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the application date. Communication, creative leadership, congeniality, and the ability to work cooperatively among a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, industry and agency groups is essential in our department and University. 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. Penn State is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples. All Penn State faculty are expected to comply with relevant policies, maintain high ethical standards, and participate in professional service and/or outreach. 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. David Eissenstat (; 814-863-7093). Application materials requested are: cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, a statement which addresses past experiences and plans for developing a diverse, inclusive, and equitable program, up to three reprints, transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees, and names and contact information for three individuals who can provide references. Applications will be reviewed beginning July 28, 2019, and the search will continue until the position is filled.

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