Assistant Research Professor

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


An Assistant Research Professor (non-tenure track) position is available immediately at The Pennsylvania State University. The successful candidate will lead research on a Department of Energy funded project as part of The Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF), a highly collaborative group developing a detailed understanding of lignocellulose, the main structural material in plants ( The successful candidate will work in collaboration with multiple groups within the CLSF, including the Nixon and Cosgrove labs at Penn State, and the Kubicki lab at University of Texas El Paso. The successful candidate will develop and refine simulations of cellulose polymerization and translocation and perform quantum mechanical calculations and molecular dynamics simulations related to CLSF objectives. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (such as computational chemistry, computational biology or related field), at least 3 years of Postdoctoral research experience, and a history of productivity. Strong candidates will have experience in density functional theory calculations and hybrid QM/MM calculations, with preference for expertise using VASP or Quantum Espresso codes and Gaussian 09. Strong candidates will also have experience in molecular dynamics simulations, expertise using CHARMM or AMBER are advantageous. Proficiency with UNIX, C shell script and C++ is preferred, though the successful candidate will have freedom to develop analyses and models in the language in which they are most proficient. Experience in communicating quantitative analyses to a non-technical audience and experience working with large collaborative groups is an advantage. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their research experience and how these experiences relate to the position, a CV, and contact information for three references. For informal inquiries, please email Daniel Cosgrove ( 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