Data Manager/Research Assistant

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute


The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at Penn State has an immediate opening for a data manager to work on the NSF-funded project, Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (CZO). The successful candidate will have or need to develop a strong understanding of relational databases (MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL, etc.). This person will need to know or will need to develop the knowledge to set up databases with all requisite coding. The successful candidate will also have a solid understanding of user interfaces in order to move data and metadata in and out of the database in a useable form. The successful candidate will also have or need to develop knowledge of such languages as PHP, JavaScript, Python, etc. GIS knowledge would be helpful. Ancillary duties could include website development, helping with figures using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, running online seminars via Adobe Connect and WebEx, and general audio-visual assistance and troubleshooting. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher plus one or more years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of renewal. This position will allow the candidate to have interactions with the national data management team for CZOs.

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