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:
Office of the Vice President for Research
Materials Research Institute


The Materials Characterization Laboratory at Penn State is seeking a highly qualified Ph.D. researcher to lead in the use and development of Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) using a PHI nanoTOF. The successful candidate will work in a highly collaborative environment within Penn State, including faculty, Ph.D. researchers, industrial partners, and graduate students in various strength areas such as biomaterials, electronic materials, ceramics, 2-D materials, geosciences, life sciences, agricultural sciences, and soft materials to name a few. The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, materials science, physics or related areas, and have a strong background in SIMS. Experience with SIMS of biological systems is highly desirable. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential. The responsibilities of this position will involve effort towards: (a) development of new experimental techniques using TOF-SIMS, (b) support of existing internal and external industrial research projects using TOF-SIMS, (c) execution of cutting-edge, independent research utilizing TOF-SIMS, (d) participation in the development and implementation of a forward-thinking vision of surface science at Penn State, (e) preparation of highly competitive grant applications using state-of-the-art characterization techniques in conjunction with existing Penn State research programs and faculty researchers. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year with an excellent possibility for renewal.

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