Postdoctoral Scholar/Project Manager

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology


The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar/Project Manager to perform a primary role in research and manage projects investigating the epidemiology, ecology, and management of seedborne bacterial diseases caused by Pseudomonas syringae. Specific projects may include developing sequence-based markers and diagnostic metagenomics for detection and quantification of the pathogens and seed testing, identification of primary inoculum sources and population dynamics, localization of the pathogen in the seed, development of novel biologicals and seed treatments. Research will also investigate the host range and threshold populations of the pathogens. The scholar will plan, conduct and analyze research, synthesize data, prepare scientific manuscripts, and present research results at local and national scientific conferences. The incumbent may participate in development and teaching of an online course, the project website, and have roles in training undergraduate and graduate researchers. This position is responsible for coordinating and documenting team meetings (bimonthly and quarterly) for the team, organizing video conferences for stakeholders twice a year, coordinating report writing and synthesis, purchasing, and budget management. This position requires a Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, or related field. Competitive candidates must have significant microbiological experience with bacterial or seedborne pathogens, or microbiome analysis, or experience with development of sequence-based detection methods. The successful candidate must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication (both oral and written) skills. A desire to participate in departmental and the Penn State Microbiome Center activities, as well as provide outreach to groups underrepresented in STEM fields will be viewed positively.

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