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Postdoctoral Fellowship

Penn State University, Eberly College of Science
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 26, 2021

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Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics
Position Type
Full Time
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Postdoc Fellowship
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The Penn State Eberly College of Science invites applications for the Eberly Postdoctoral Fellowship, which are designed to attract exceptional early career scientists to Penn State to enhance their career goals in the vibrant, highly collaborative environment of the Eberly College of Science and the broader STEM community at Penn State. The Eberly College of Science—including the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics—ranks in the top 10 universities in the United States and has annual research expenditures exceeding $125 million. The departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, and Physics expect to appoint one or more Eberly Fellows in this round. Applications from early career scientists with exceptional promise in basic research in physics, biology, chemistry, molecular biology, astronomy, and/or applied research in health, energy, materials, or the environment, including interdisciplinary research, are encouraged. Fellows who wish to also gain training and experience in teaching may elect to receive mentored teaching experience. The successful applicants may work with more than one faculty member in the Eberly College of Science and are encouraged to engage and collaborate with the intellectual community across Penn State.

Eligibility, primary mentor, and appointment

Applicants must be a current doctoral student or have received a doctoral degree in science, statistics, or mathematics within three years before the start of the Eberly Postdoctoral Fellow appointment. Current doctoral students must have their doctoral degree prior to the start of their fellowship. Penn State doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars and fellows who are already appointed at Penn State are not eligible to apply. Applicants will need to indicate one of the faculty members in the above-mentioned five departments of the Eberly College of Science as their primary mentor, who will serve to advise and guide the research and career development of the Eberly Postdoctoral Fellow. Additional mentors can also be indicated; applicants may seek consultation before deciding on the primary mentor. Applicants should consult the intended primary mentor before preparing the application. Eberly Postdoctoral Fellowships may be held for up to three years. After an initial appointment of one year, subsequent appointments are conditional on progress, funding, and eligibility. Fellows will receive a stipend of $65,000, and $5,000 per year in discretionary funds for travel and other research expenses.


Inquiry regarding the application process is welcome and should be sent to Ms. Melanie McKinney ( Applications should be submitted at and include (1) applicant’s curriculum vitae of up to 4 pages, including publications, accepted and submitted manuscripts; (2) a two-page research statement summarizing research accomplishments and planned research at Penn State including its relationship with that of the proposed mentor; (3) the name of the intended primary mentor and any additional co-mentors, as relevant; (4) a one-page statement on diversity and inclusion; (5) three letters of reference, including one from the doctoral adviser. A letter from one of the proposed future mentor(s) is also strongly encouraged.

Review of applications will start on September 1, 2021 and continue until all positions are filled.

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