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
Nuclear Engineering


The lab of Dr. Jean Paul Allain under the Department of Nuclear Engineering in the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, located at University Park, PA invites applications for an Assistant Research Professor. The position will include training in areas of surface and materials characterization including: x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, FTIR, electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, micro-tomography, and nanoindentation. The research scientist position will be expected to support work in the area of advanced complex materials including: porous meso and nanoscale structures synthesis and design, directed plasma nanosynthesis modification and surface chemistry characterization. The research scientist position will also support spin-off research of adaptive materials synthesis to areas of bioactive interfaces including: control of cell behavior, peptide and biomolecule adhesion and design, biochemistry effects on cell behavior modulation and in-vitro, in-vivo testing of advanced nano and mesoscale structured biointerfaces. Design of biological assays and testing are expected and overall experimental design. Support for proposal, report and technical paper writing is expected as well as presentation of work at major national and international conferences. In addition, management of various collaborative groups in targeted areas of research is also expected. Mentoring of a small group of graduate students in areas above will also be expected. The positions require excellent oral and written communications skills and will require establishing collaborations between Huck Institutes of Life Science and the College of Engineering where the RSSEL group will have key activities. The position requires a Ph.D. in the relevant areas listed above and have at least three years of experience in post-doctoral work. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter highlighting prior professional experience, CV, complete list of publications and a statement of current and future research interests, and a list of three references. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled. 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. This is a fixed term position, funded for three years from date of hire with excellent possibility of refunding.

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