Postdoctoral Scholar

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 Pathology and Environmental Microbiology


The Esker Laboratory in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at The Pennsylvania State University is looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Scholar who will focus on the development of a disease management risk assessment tool for corn that focuses on large-scale field data collection, modeling, and validation of production practices and management packages using deep learning methods. The candidate requires a very strong background in computational and statistical methods and should also possess a similarly strong background in plant disease ecology and epidemiology. Proficiency with programming languages like R or Python is important. The ability and interest to develop online dashboard tools for data entry, processing, and analysis are a plus. This project is research¬extension based, as such effective communication skills are desired. This position will be based at The Pennsylvania State University Park campus but will also have a visiting appointment at The Ohio State University Department of Plant Pathology in the Paul Laboratory that is located in Wooster, Ohio. Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Agronomy, Statistics, Data Sciences, or closely related field. A strong interest in inter-disciplinary research with the ability to conduct research independently, as well as work in a collaborative and collegial environment is important. Initial funding is available for one year, with renewal contingent on satisfactory performance. To apply please submit a letter of application describing research interests and professional goals, as well as a CV and contact information for three references.

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