Addiction and Biobehavioral Health Faculty Position (Open Rank, Tenure Track)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Biobehavioral Health


The Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development ( announces an open-rank tenure line faculty position in addiction research to start August 2020. Candidate’s research should apply cognitive neuroscience techniques (e.g., neuroimaging) and integrate behavioral and biological approaches to examine substance abuse. BBH has a strong interdisciplinary research program that examines how environmental factors (e.g., early life trauma, stress, impoverished social and physical environments, etc.) interact with biological factors (e.g., genetics, brain development, etc.) to impact health; candidates that contribute to these strengths will be of particular interest. Candidates should demonstrate an established interdisciplinary research program, and a successful history of external funding, that integrates behavioral and biological approaches to examine the multifactorial contributions to the development and/or maintenance of substance abuse. This position is part of a series of strategic hires at Penn State to build scientific leadership and increase Penn State’s capacity for high impact, interdisciplinary, translational, and community-engaged collaborations to combat substance abuse and addiction. BBH seeks a faculty member who is interested in and committed to participating in an interdisciplinary community of scholars at Penn State contributing to the mission of the new Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA; This consortium builds on existing interdisciplinary strengths within BBH, which considers both biological and behavioral underpinnings of addiction. Additional consortium hires will occur over the next several years. This position will be co-funded by the Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI; The successful candidate will have opportunities to build a strong collaborative link with one or more centers that are pertinent to the new consortium, including the Penn State Addiction Center for Translation (; the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (; the Center for Healthy Aging (; the Methodology Center (; the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (, and the Center for Health Care and Policy Research ( This individual will have access to research facilities and institutes at Penn State, including the Biomarker Core Laboratory (; Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (; Center for Educational Disparities Research (; Child Maltreatment Solutions Network (; Population Research Institute (; Penn State Cancer Institute (; Institute for CyberScience (, and the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute ( Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is August, 2020. Questions about this position may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Orfeu Buxton at To apply, applicants must complete an online application ( including a cover letter describing research and teaching interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, and 3 reprints or preprints that convey research interests and expertise. A Doctorate in neuroscience, behavioral science, psychology, biology, sociology, public health, genetics, biostatistics or a related field is required. Four professional letters of reference should be sent directly from the letter writers to Dr. Orfeu Buxton at, or by postal mail to: Dr. Orfeu Buxton, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Biobehavioral Health, 221 Biobehavioral Health Building, University Park, PA 16802. Please indicate "BBH/CCSA search" in the subject line of email correspondence. Applications received before December 1, 2019 will receive full consideration.

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