Assistant Research Professor of Arthropod Identification

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


The Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for an Assistant Research Professor of Arthropod Identification. This is a 48-week, non-tenure track position with a 100% extension appointment. This is a fixed-term 3-year appointment with an excellent chance for renewal. The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities: process insect and arthropod samples submitted to the Department of Entomology for identification and contact clients and/or county extension educators with relevant identifications and, if needed, control methods; respond to inquiries and requests for information; development of innovative educational materials (print, web-based, audio and video) for Penn State Extension and the general public that focus on commonly occurring household and ornamental insects and their management; assist with training Penn State Extension educators on insect identification; participate in public outreach activities and review and develop outreach and educational materials; assist with the curation of the Frost Insect Museum and development of appropriate reference specimen collections; conduct original research, especially in relation to specimens submitted for identification or on topics of public interest, and publish in peer-reviewed scholarly journals; participate in one or more Penn State Extension teams, such as the Horticulture Team. The ability to mentor graduate students is available but not required. Candidates must possess effective communication skills (verbal and written), teaching skills, interpersonal skills, ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues and clientele, and work as an active member of the Department and Extension team. The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university is required. The individual also must be able to work effectively in a team and with diverse populations and audiences. This position requires a Ph.D. in entomology with demonstrated skills and experience in arthropod identification/taxonomy, working with county educators, developing extension educational materials and museum curatorial experience. Knowledge of invasive, household, and ornamental pests and their management is required. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. Salary is commensurate with the candidate`s experience and qualifications. An excellent benefits package is provided. Start date of December 1, 2019 or as negotiated. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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