Postdoctoral Scholar in Plant Physiology
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

Closing Date:

January 27, 2021

Job Address:

James M. Elliott Building
University Park, PA 16802

Job Description:

The Centinari lab in the Department of Plant Science at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on the biotic stress caused by the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, on grapevines, including but not limited to physiological and production responses. The Postdoc will contribute to a funded, collaborative USDA-SCRI grant “Biology, management and reducing the impact of the spotted lanternfly on specialty crops in the eastern USA” and will collaborate with the Rosa lab in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. The candidate should have a strong background in pomology and proficiency in using technology for measuring plant physiological parameters in field settings and analysis of plant primary and secondary metabolites. Demonstrated experience and ability to conduct field experiments is required and candidates with laboratory experience only and lacking applied field experience are not suitable for this position. In addition to the aims of the grant, the Postdoc will have the opportunity to conduct follow-up, novel studies consistent with the overarching project goal.

Position Summary

This position will provide opportunities for professional development and networking with researchers at institutions across the US and with industry members. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are important. Preferred candidates will have the following strengths: strong interest in inter-disciplinary research with the ability to conduct research independently; ability to conduct field experiments and work in a collaborative and collegial environment; an interest in mentoring students and outreach; and a strong track record of peer-reviewed publications

To Apply:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Horticulture, Plant Physiology, Agroecology, or related discipline(s) completed by start date. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Initial funding is available for one year, with renewal contingent on satisfactory performance. 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.

To apply please submit a (i) a cover letter detailing research interests and professional goals, qualifications, and preferred start date, (ii) a CV, (iii) contact information for three references and (iv) pdfs of 1-2 representative publications. For additional information about this position, please contact Dr. Michela Centinari (

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