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
Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences


The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is seeking applications for a non-tenure track Assistant Research Professor to join our Cryo-Electron Microscopy Core Facility and a dynamic team of scientists pursuing structure function studies using molecular biology in conjunction with structural biology. The successful candidate will be a PhD trained scientist with hands-on experience of cryo-electron microscopy, protein purification and sample preparation techniques relevant to cryo-electron microscopy. Transmission Electron Microscopy(TEM) experience and training on basic tungsten filament TEM is preferred. Cryo-EM experience and training in vitrification and handling of frozen samples is essential. Exceptionally qualified candidates must be highly motivated with demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and communication skills(written and oral). Evidence of project and time management skills is essential. Additionally, it is expected that selected candidates will contribute to both scientific papers originating from the Cryo-EM Facility, and to existing efforts to obtain further funding through a growing portfolio of research grants and center grant proposals. Attendance at conferences and presenting of research findings will be expected. Duties will include, but are not limited to: Direct, provide training, develop new and execute existing protocols. Assist users; understand quality of their material before and during data collection. Maintain approved use rates and liaise with external users in the creation of Academic Research Service Orders. In conjunction with others, they will devise, modify and optimize protocols specific to sample and/or analytical goals. Record and report experimental results in a timely and thorough manner and communicate well with other PIs and research staff. The successful candidate will also be a primary operator of Penn State’s two cryo-electron microscopes, the Krios and Arctica, and as such a proven ability to operate and troubleshoot these multi-million-dollar microscopes is essential. Operation includes vitrification, grid clipping, grid loading, control of the microscopes via dedicated software, and data collection. Knowledge of the steps used in the reconstruction of data to 3-D maps is also required in order to assist new users. They will also maintain TEM and cryo-EM records and manage the instrument queue and accessory equipment through an online scheduling and billing tool. They will assist Facility users with their microscopy projects, troubleshooting, and perform training of new microscope users. Specific equipment training should include vitrifying robots(CP3 or Vitrobot), Talos Arctica and Titan Krios. Qualified candidates should submit: a cover letter describing interest, a CV outlining background and experience and the contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin shortly after announcement. This is a one-year, fixed-term appointment with the possibility of renewal, subject to 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