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


The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) anticipates funding for a Postdoctoral Scholar to participate in a large, collaborative, USDA-funded project across many land-grant universities and the USDA-ARS exploring the role of cover crops in enhancing sustainability of field crop production. The work at Penn State will be with Entomology and Weed Science personnel, focusing on assessing the benefits/costs of cover crops in corn and soybean production for contributing to management of insect/slug pests and weeds, but the position will also have responsibility for helping to direct the insect/slug portion of the larger project. The position will be housed at the University Park campus, in the Department of Entomology, University Park, Pennsylvania. We seek at Penn State a highly motivated scientist to conduct and supervise field and laboratory studies to advance ecologically guided management of insects, slugs, and weeds in no-till agroecosystems. Field studies will primarily occur on research farms but may also include work on commercial farms. Research will build on recent work showing the benefits of cover crops, natural enemies, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for controlling pest populations (i.e., insects, slugs, weeds, and diseases). Additional collaboration will involve extension educational efforts. The successful candidate will work well with personnel to advance IPM in field crops through studies in applied ecology and sharing what we learn via extension educational programs. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire. This is a fixed-term position funded for one year from date of hire with a good possibility of re-funding. Knowledge of pest and natural-enemy ecology, biological control, weed control, cover crops and/or cropping systems will be of value for competing for this position. The position requires field work, including a valid driver’s license and overnight travel, and laboratory/greenhouse work with invertebrates and weeds. The candidate must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and demonstrate evidence of effective writing through peer-reviewed publications. Expected start date is Summer/Fall 2020. A complete application will include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and examples of publications. For further information, please contact John Tooker ( -please use “PSA postdoc applicant” in the subject line). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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