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 Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural and Biological Engineering


The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, invites applications for a 1-year Postdoctoral Scholar. The successful candidate will be expected to work in interdisciplinary teams that include academia, government, and industry professionals and will be mentored to effectively do so. Duties include, but are not limited to: undertake high-quality materials supply chain life cycle analysis research, including investigating and embedding toxicology and sustainability measures into materials life cycle analysis; develop novel measures and undertake comparative mapping, modelling and analysis of materials supply chains; play an active research in establishing Advanced Resource Efficiency Center (AREC)-USA located on Penn State’s Behrend campus; work as part of a project team in undertaking and delivering the research and output for supply chain life cycle analysis work, including working closely with industry partners and Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy; demonstrate commercial understanding of the importance of supply chain life cycle analysis and evaluate impact of the research from sustainability and economic perspectives; interact with academic and industry in the research process for data collection and analysis. The candidate should be able to plan their own research schedule and workload to ensure that the overall project milestones and objectives are met. Academic outputs include journal publications and presentations and papers to conferences. The candidate must be able to work with researchers, industry stakeholders and policy makers from a range of collaborative areas within and outside of the University and partnering institutions. Qualifications: Ph.D. in an engineering discipline is required and must be completed before beginning the position. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire. Experience with the identification and assessment of value-added products from waste streams (e.g., carbon dioxide, fuels, chemicals, materials), novel materials, and/or waste management systems is of particular interest. Interested students should submit a cover letter, CV, list of three professional references. Desired start date is November 1, 2019, and applications will be accepted 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