Postdoctoral Scholar (CEARL)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College Of Engineering
Electrical Engineering


The Electrical Engineering Department of The Pennsylvania State University in conjunction with the Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas Research Lab (CEARL) is seeking a highly qualified individual for a Postdoctoral Scholar position. The candidate will be expected to assist in the theory and design responsibilities for current and future high-profile research projects in the Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas Research Lab (CEARL). The PSU-CEARL is world-recognized for its pioneering contributions in electromagnetics, particularly in the areas of computational electromagnetics/optics and metamaterials. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in funded projects that will seek to develop advanced cutting-edge and transformative technologies. Current and upcoming areas of research include the development of Computational Electromagnetics and Computational Optics (CEM/CO) forward solvers as well as inverse-design (optimization) techniques including Machine Learning (ML) and their application to the design of nanocomposite engineered materials (EnMats), metamaterials, metasurfaces, and associated metadevices. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, physics, optics, computer science or a related field with previous experience in electromagnetic theory and simulation. Experience in one or more of the following CEM techniques is highly desired: FDTD, DGTD, CBFM, MoM, FEM, FEBI, PO, GO, etc. Previous experience in Machine Learning is also highly desired. The successful candidate will have a strong programming background and proficiency in C++, Python, Linux is desired. Responsibilities include computational Electromagnetics and Computational Optics algorithm development and/or inverse-design and ML algorithm development and applications. Additionally, the Postdoctoral Scholar will work alongside graduate students and other post-docs to prepare research reports for relevant sponsored research contracts and participate in proposal writing for new funding opportunities. Additionally, the Postdoctoral Scholar will prepare and present research results at domestic and international conferences and is expected to publish findings in conference proceedings and technical journal articles. Applicants should apply online and e-mail a current CV/resume and the names and addresses of at least three references to: Prof. Douglas H. Werner at

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