Postdoctoral Position in Plant-Insect Interactions on Spotted Lanternfly

Postdoctoral Position in Plant-Insect Interactions at Penn State University

Applications accepted through Jan. 30, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found.


We seek a postdoctoral scholar with expertise in plant-insect interactions with a start date of March 1, 2019 or as negotiated.  The successful candidate will conduct research on Spotted Lanternfly (SLF, Lycorma delicatula) and its interactions with hardwood trees in landscape and forest systems.  Spotted lanternfly is an invasive species from Asia that threatens multiple ornamental tree species in Southeastern PA, VA, NJ, DE, and NY. We are particularly interested in how this pest affects tree physiology as a function of pest density and host preference/performance by life stage. Plant responses we plan to evaluate include monitoring sap flux, tree growth, and carbohydrate chemistry of trees over the season under different levels of SLF infestation of saplings and mature trees. Interactions that induce plant signaling that alters host plant resistance is also of interest. Candidates with a background in tree physiology are encouraged. We are also collaborating with a team using remote sensing to detect/monitor SLF populations.


The successful candidate will work with Drs. Kelli Hoover (Department of Entomology) and David Eissenstat (Department of Ecosystem Science and Management).  The position will be at the Penn State University Park campus, but extensive field work is anticipated during the field season in the quarantined counties of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes benefits.  To apply, please use this link to PSU’s Job Website:


Inquiries can be made to Dr. Kelli Hoover at or Dr. Dave Eissenstat at


Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
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Penn State University
Name of Contact Person: 
Kelli Hoover
Contact Person's Phone: 
814-883-4854 or 814-863-6369
University Park
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