Research Project Manager

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 01 – I – Exempt
  • 02 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
Department of Psychology – The Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience
Full/Part Time:


The Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience in the Psychology Department ( is seeking a Research Project Manager. This position will be responsible for working closely with the Principle Investigator (PI) and other research study staff to oversee an autism intervention research study. This project seeks to teach teenagers with autism social skills, such as understanding eye gaze cues, via the use of interactive computer games. Your responsibilities for this project include (but are not limited to): managing clinical investigative studies, interacting with children and adolescents with autism and their parents; recruitment of participants; phone screening of potential participants; data collection and standardized test administration; remain in phone/e-mail contact with families during home-based intervention protocols; schedule follow-up appointments; data entry and analysis; helping submit and maintain IRB protocols; Provide guidance and oversight of compliance with federal regulations and University policies on research with human subjects; manage/track budget and resources; and supervise undergraduate researchers. This job will be filled as a level 1, or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Master's degree in Human Development, Education, Psychology, Prevention Science, Social Work, or other related social science discipline is strongly preferred. Applicants must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills, understanding of research methods, and must be comfortable interacting with children and teenagers. Previous experience working with children (especially those with autism or developmental disabilities) is highly preferred. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire.

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