Postdoctoral Scholar

    University park, PA

    Job Description


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    The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State seeks to fill two open positions for Postdoctoral Scholars in the area of Global Health Research and support existing projects in animal and human health supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other agencies. Exceptionally qualified candidates who wish to establish themselves as leaders in fields addressing critical scientific, technology, engineering, and social science needs for improving global health security through the reduction of infectious disease threats are encouraged to apply.

    These prestigious research scholars program will enable highly motivated scientists who hold doctoral or terminal professional degrees in relevant disciplines to work collaboratively with leading scientists at Penn State and throughout the world to help develop and implement cutting-edge research and training programs that provide real-world solutions to promote global health security through reduction of the spread of infectious diseases.

    Specifically, selected candidates will be expected to work on one, or more, of a growing portfolio of projects already in place at Penn State in the area of bovine and zoonotic tuberculosis and peste de petit ruminants (PPR) virus, as well as to help develop new extramurally funded programs.

    Huck Global Health Research Scholars will be selected based upon their research background, knowledge of fields and technologies related to promotion of global health security, and their demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills. Evidence of prior experience in either bovine or zoonotic tuberculosis or PPR virus research is highly desirable. Duties include, but are not limited to, working with a diverse group of faculty, partners and other professionals within and outside of Penn State in order to effectively implement existing projects as well as develop and compete for new extramural funding opportunities of relevance to global health security. Fellows will be expected to engage in extensive domestic and international travel and become an active and contributing member of various multidisciplinary technical teams executing and competing for global health security projects.

    All qualified candidate will:
    • Have a doctoral or professional degree in a field of relevance to infectious disease research
    • Candidates with prior doctoral or post-doctoral experience in tuberculosis or PPR virus research are preferred
    • Have a documented track record of productivity and experience in a field of relevance to global health security; candidates with international work experience in emerging or endemic infectious disease or especially dangerous pathogens are particularly encouraged to apply
    Selected candidates will be appointed as annually renewable post-doctoral scholars, with excellent possibility for renewal, depending on continued availability of funding.

    Benefits include a highly competitive annual salary; annual travel allowance; and the applicable Penn State University benefits.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    This will be funded for one-year from the date of hire.

    Direct questions regarding the position to Vivek Kapur (, Professor Infectious Disease and Microbiology, and Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Huck Institutes.

    Applications should be submitted online and include: 1) a one-page cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae with educational background, employment history, and a list of publications; 3) a two-page future research program statement; 4) the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three professional references.


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    University Park, PA
    Posting ID: 556644545Posted: 2020-05-21