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
Plant Science


The Pennsylvania State University`s Department of Plant Science is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to develop functional structural models of root systems of wheat, sorghum, and soybean in OpenSimRoot. This project is under the supervision of Jonathan Lynch and is supported by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). To carry out this project, controlled stress trials will be conducted in mesocosms and the field at University Park in Pennsylvania. Applicant is expected to be able to work independently as well as collaborate with other postdocs and graduate students in related projects. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the opportunity for renewal contingent on the availability of funding. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in plant biology or related discipline(s) completed by start date. Applicants should have experience with root/soil interactions, imposition of drought and nutrient stress, phenotyping root architecture and anatomy, skill in C++, and functional structural modeling, preferably in OpenSimRoot. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, and applicant should be able to lift 50 lbs. with or without accommodation and have the physical capacity to work in field conditions. Standard background checks will be required. Interested applicants should upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references through the Penn State Jobs Management System at Please also email the application package to Jonathan Lynch at

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