Postdoctoral Scholar in Soil Microbiomics

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


A postdoctoral position is available in the research lab of Dr. Terrence Bell in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park Campus). The selected candidate will work with Dr. Bell to design projects aimed at enhancing our understanding of soil microbial colonization, interactions, adaptation, or related areas. To achieve this understanding, the candidate will combine approaches such as high-throughput genomics, data analysis, microbiology, lab assays, and field studies. The Bell lab has projects focused on microbial growth in natural systems and on generating more broadly effective microbial products, and the selected candidate would be able to contribute to these or other directions. The following will be considered assets: experience with high-throughput molecular techniques, microbiome-related data analysis skills, basic microbiology, previous work with soils, excellent data management and writing skills, and ability of the candidate to add intellectual diversity and cultural richness to the department. Depending on the candidate`s interests, there will be opportunities to interact with members of the Ecology Institute and the Microbiome Center at Penn State, and/or to contribute to Extension-based outreach to farmers and the public. Applicants should have recently received a Ph.D. in ecology, microbiology, soil science, or a related field. Applicants must submit: a cover letter describing previous accomplishments, research interests, and professional goals, a CV, and contact information for three referees. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. If you have additional questions about this position, please contact Terrence Bell at Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

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