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:
College of Engineering
Engineering Science and Mechanics


The neural circuits in neurovascular coupling research program led by Dr. Patrick Drew in the Center for Neural Engineering, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State College of Engineering is currently accepting applications for an Assistant Research Professor position. The research in the lab focuses on delineating the pathways that regulate normal brain hemodynamics and further determining how regulatory networks are perturbed in aging, stroke, development and other neurodegenerative diseases. We utilize a variety of approaches including optical imaging (spectroscopy, two-photon imaging), electrophysiology, molecular tools (optogenetics, DREADDs), and computational modeling to study these questions in a mouse model. Candidates should have obtained a Ph.D. degree and significant research experience in the field of biomedical engineering or neuroscience. The candidate should have evidence of prior productivity in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals. Strong programming skills and animal surgery skills are required. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise and experience in relevant research domains (optical imaging, electrophysiology, optogenetics, cerebral oxygen and metabolism). Penn State’s College of Engineering strives to build a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for students, staff, and faculty. We rely on the expertise, sensitivity and commitment of an inclusive faculty to enhance diversity, seek equity, and create a welcoming environment within our community. We are committed to nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. In welcoming every candidate, we strive to meet the needs of professional families by actively assisting with partner-placement needs. We are inspiring change and impacting tomorrow. In addition to research duties, the position involves writing of publications and proposals. The candidate will have extensive opportunities to publish, and access to exceptional resources to facilitate his or her independent research. The appointment will be funded for one year, and reappointment depends on research productivity and funding availability. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and contact for references here.

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