Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoctoral Scholar in Energy Geographies


The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences of The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in Energy Geographies to begin August 1, 2024. The position will involve conducting research on an NSF-funded project studying the political-industrial ecology of petrochemicals in Appalachia.


A successful candidate should have a strong background in mixed-method nature-society geography with experience researching and working in Appalachia. Candidates should also have demonstrated abilities to work independently, publish, and organize research projects and events. The position is based in the Department of Geography, working under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Baka (


Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. in Geography or a related field by the start of the position. This term appointment is funded for two years from the date of hire with possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include employee health and dental insurance. Individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applicants must submit the following:
1) A 2-3 page cover letter detailing their qualifications for the position
2) A copy of their CV
3) Example(s) of recent publications
4) Names and contact details (e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) for three references


Applications are due by January 31, 2024, and reviews will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.


Questions are welcome and can be directed to Jennifer Baka,


The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other.


To apply, please go to and search on REQ_0000051789. I am also happy to answer questions via email. 

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  • Application deadline: Jan 31, 2024
  • Penn State University
  • Department of Geography
  • State College, PA
  • Postdoc Positions
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