Postdoctoral Scholar

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
Chemical Engineering


A Postdoctoral associate position is available in the Chemical Engineering department, mentored by Prof. Scott Milner ( in collaboration with Prof. Michael Janik, to develop novel methods for predicting structure and dynamics of excitons in polymeric and small-molecule organic semiconductors. Our approach will combine coarse-grained quantum models informed by density-functional theory calculations, with atomistic simulations of local configurations in bulk heterojunction materials. The position is funded by a recently awarded Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). The Postdoc will have the opportunity to work with MURI principal investigators including Professors Enrique Gomez and John Asbury (Penn State), Alberto Salleo (Stanford), and Giulia Galli (Chicago). We seek candidates with experience in computational quantum chemistry techniques, particularly as applied to organic semiconductors; in addition, some exposure to atomistic simulations would be a plus. Ideal candidates will excel in thinking physically about complex systems, have a strong interest in mechanism determination at the atomistic level, and have demonstrated strong past research performance. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or a related field. Applications with curriculum vitae, including a summary of research experience and interests and the names of two references are required. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce. Candidates from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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