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
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology


The Nixon Lab at The Pennsylvania State University is recruiting an outstanding Assistant Research Professor funded by the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF). The focus of this project is utilizing high-resolution single particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) and cryo-tomography (cryoET) to investigate the structural biology of membrane proteins involved in cellulose biosynthesis for generation of plant cell walls. The lab is also interested in the structure and function of the product - cellulose microfibrils. This position will provide opportunities to collaborate with a broad spectrum of scientists working at the cutting edges of cell wall research. The Assistant Research Professor will have access to four microscopes at the Huck Institutes Cryo-EM Facility: a one-of-a-kind G2 Titan Krios (300 keV configured with Cs image corrector, Gatan Quantum GIF (EFTEM/EELS), STEM, on-axis BF/DF detector, Volta phase pate, Falcon 3E DED and a Gatan K2 DED); a Talos Arctica (200keV, with Falcon 3E and Gatan K3 DED) arrives in July 2019; and Tecnai Biotwin Spirit (120 keV) and Tecnai LaB6 for negative staining. Two full-time support staff maintain and assist in data collection. In addition to its CryoEM facility, Penn State also provides facilities for X-ray crystallography, NMR, various other spectroscopies, biological fermentations, DNA synthesis and sequencing, and computational biology to mention a few. Applicants who have received their Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. degree with 7 or more years of Postdoctoral experience should upload a short cover letter (no more than one page), a detailed curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and up to 5 reprints of representative first authorship publication(s). Highly qualified applicants will be contacted soon after their application is received to investigate specific research opportunities in the CLSF. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term position funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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