Assistant Research Professor

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute


A full-time, non-tenure track, fixed-term faculty position is available at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, to join the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. The successful candidate will work at the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (SSHCZO) funded by the National Science Foundation. This is a six-month position which could start as early as October 2019 but before December 2019. The position provides unique opportunities for research, education, outreach, and professional development. The successful candidate will enjoy ample opportunities for transdisciplinary research collaboration as well as professional mentoring by a team of experts in relevant disciplines. We are looking for someone to study the terrestrial carbon cycle in complex terrain. The position will include synthesis of observations with terrestrial ecosystem models (both quantitative and conceptual), and evaluation of the processes and data that are most critical for constructing high fidelity re-analyses and predictions of the terrestrial carbon cycle in the forested, complex landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains. Expertise in terrestrial ecosystem models and processes, biogeochemical and ecological observations, and model-data syntheses are all desirable but not required. The successful candidate will also attempt to synthesize progress to date on these topics at the SSHCZO, an observatory close to the Penn State University Park campus. The successful candidate will be expected to work with multiple SSHCZO investigators whose expertise can be brought to bear on these problems. The ability to work well in a team is a requirement, and the ability to drive a motor vehicle for occasional field work is optimal. A Ph.D. in meteorology or closely related field is required by the date of hire. Candidates should include a letter of interest, a CV, and contact information for three references with the application. The Pennsylvania State University`s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building talented, inclusive and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should share this commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement that creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.

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