Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Biochem/Molecular Biology


The Okafor lab in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to join us in tackling a host of exciting projects. We are interested in deciphering structural mechanisms of events in protein regulation, determining how these mechanisms evolved, and how they are altered in disease states. We will combine experiments with extensive computation to gain insight into these mechanisms. Our lab will provide an exciting, collaborative environment where a Postdoc will be able to thrive, contribute to establishing new directions for our group, and receive support and mentoring for success in their desired future career. Salary will be commensurate with the career stage. Desired qualities in ideal candidate: possess a Ph.D. in computational biology, computational chemistry, biophysics, or a related field, strong proficiency with command line operations and UNIX/Linux OS, fluency in at least one programming/scripting language (e.g. Python, R), prior experience in MD simulations, with strong familiarity with an Molecular Dynamics (MD) package (E.g. Amber, NAMD, Gromacs), prior experience studying protein structure and/or conformational dynamics. Prior experience in any additional computational techniques, such as protein-ligand docking, free energy calculations, homology modeling, quantum mechanics, Qauntitative Structure Activity Relationship(QSAR) methods, machine learning. Motivation to learn techniques listed above and others, a record of scientific productivity, with evidence of leadership on a project during their Ph.D. (or previous position), willingness to work closely and collaboratively with experimentalists to interpret data and plan experiments. Women and minorities are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a cover letter containing a description of their research interests and future goals, a CV, with information for at least 3 references, a summary (< 1pg) of their previous research, highlighting an instance when they took leadership of a project and outcomes, as well as their prior experience in any of the computational methods listed above. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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