Research Assistant

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
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College of Health and Human Development
Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center


The College of Health and Human Development, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center seeks a full-time research assistant position to assist the Program for Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment (P-TRAN). P-TRAN is located on the University Park campus, where we conduct transdisciplinary and translational neuroscience investigations of high-risk behaviors (e.g. substance abuse, aggression) in children and adolescents. Our work aims to (a) elucidate effects of the environment on neurodevelopment (b) identify neurodevelopmental precursors and consequences of substance use and (c) determine mechanisms of behavioral change. This information, in turn, is used to improve interventions (e.g. prevention or treatment strategies) and long-term outcomes for children, their families and communities. Our program requires someone to assist with the analysis of functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data and the preparation of scientific publications (e.g. manuscripts, posters, chapters) and presentations. Requires a Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, psychology, or an allied field, although individuals with statistical or computing training and a track record in working with human subjects/biomedical applications will also be considered. The chosen individual will preferably have relevant research experience, including human subjects research, MRI data analysis (functional and/or structural), and scientific writing, but training will be provided for exceptional candidates lacking these specific skills. Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to: Dr. Emma Jane Rose PhD. ( To be considered for this position, applications must be submitted online and include a cover letter and resume. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088