Research Data Management Specialist 3

Penn State University

College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
Penn State College of Medicine
Family and Community Medicine
Full/Part Time:


Collaborate with research coordinators, statisticians, clinical/biomedical investigators, and other research faculty to design and implement data management plans for research projects including data collection forms, processes for data entry, verification, and validation, and tracking systems for participants, data, and biological specimens. Define detailed functional specifications for computer applications. Align information technology solutions to match the needs and budgets of research projects. Provide leadership and project coordination to data management project teams. Program, test, maintain, and update data entry applications for manual data entry or electronic data capture (i.e., scanning technology). Create/program/test data validation error conditions to identify potential data problems. Collaborate with programmer/analysts and research staff to design computer applications for data collection/processing/reporting including writing functional specifications and overseeing the testing of the applications. Design and implement training sessions/materials for research staff. Create and execute complex database queries. Evaluate existing database management system applications to identify areas for enhancements to improve data quality and the efficiency of data processing. Troubleshoot software and computer application issues with programming staff, technical support staff, or vendors. Research, evaluate, and implement new data management procedures using the latest technologies. Initiate, oversee, and document data quality procedures including data audits and data quality site visits. Collaborate with statisticians, project managers and other research staff in designing and executing data quality assurance reports. Assist in developing, documenting, and maintaining standard operating procedures. Author or co-author abstracts or manuscripts related to data management topics Provide back-support to lower level staff. Train and oversee quality and work efficiency of lower level staff and/or interns. May also perform duties identified in lower level(s). Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a fixed-term appointment funded 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