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Assistant Professor in Biodegradable Electronics

Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania
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Apr 20, 2023

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Assistant Professor in Biodegradable Electronics

Assistant Professor in Biodegradable Electronics and Sensors for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

College of Agricultural Sciences

Materials Research Institute

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Position: This is a nine-month, Tenure-Line Assistant Professor position with 75% Research and 25% Teaching appointment in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department (ABE) and it is co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences (CoAS) and the Materials Research Institute (MRI) at Penn State.

Research responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program relating to the development of sustainable, biodegradable electronic and/or sensing devices and systems for agricultural applications including smart/digital agriculture, precision animal agriculture, animal health and behavior monitoring, environmental monitoring, food and water quality assessment, food packaging, food supply chain monitoring, post-harvest processing, and other agricultural applications. The candidate is expected to provide leadership within the Penn State community in sustainable biodegradable electronics. The candidate will advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in diverse, multicultural, and transdisciplinary global programs. The candidate will maintain high pedagogical standards and contribute to our positive and engaging scholastic community.

Teaching responsibilities: The candidate is expected to teach two courses per year. Potential teaching responsibilities include one course to fulfill teaching needs related to the biodegradable sensors and their applications within the ABE department's programs (e.g., BRS 423: Deterioration and Protection of Bioproducts) and one new course to be determined. The ABE Department fosters a highly collaborative scholastic culture supporting course and curriculum development.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline is required. One degree (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) must be from a scientific, engineering, or technology field. Candidate must have performed research or taken coursework related to sustainability, sustainable materials and/or sustainable electronic devices. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students across the University is required. Effective communication to provide creative leadership, and work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, industry and agency groups is paramount. Demonstrated ability to function in a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary team environment is a requirement. The person should have the capability to carry out original, independent, and innovative and nationally visible research and teaching program. Experience with intellectual property is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to implement Ethics, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion into all aspects of the candidate's work, including courses, and will actively strive to provide an inclusive learning environment for all students.

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department: It is the mission of the ABE department to advance global sustainability through engineering sciences, business, and technical management of biological and agricultural systems. In addition to comprehensive transdisciplinary research, outreach and service activities in bioproducts, food and bioprocessing, natural resource engineering and agricultural systems, the ABE department supports undergraduate and graduate resident education programs in: Biological Engineering (undergraduate), Agricultural and Biological Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.) and BioRenewable Systems (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.), and the interdisciplinary Environmental Resource Management major. For more information visit our site at

The Materials Research Institute: Penn State's Materials Research Institute (MRI) is a catalyst for multidisciplinary education and innovations in materials. With their capabilities in electronic materials and devices, functional polymers and nanoscience, Penn State is uniquely positioned to apply their materials research to critical challenges in a broad range of applications including agriculture. It is their vision to apply both the depth and breadth of their collective expertise to engage in research without boundaries, and thereby to create a new generation of highly qualified graduates who can both communicate and innovate in a converging technological world.

Application: Candidates should apply online to job REQ_0000024910 at Review of applications will begin May 1, 2022. Candidates should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, three representative publications, a statement of research experiences/future interests, and a statement of teaching pedagogy/interests related to the position description. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their classroom, department, and the University. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. In the application materials, the candidate should also specifically address the following: how the candidate will integrate issues of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Ethics into candidate's research, teaching and service; and statement of how the candidate's work is relevant to the Materials Research Institute's mission and how a position within the Institute is likely to augment their own work.

Questions can be directed to search committee chair Professor Jeffrey Catchmark ( or Professor and Department Head Suat Irmak (

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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