Academic Director

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Vice President for Research
Survey Research Center


The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) invites applications for a senior (Associate/Full), tenure eligible position focused on novel approaches to accessing data on human social, psychological and/or behavioral/biobehavioral processes. This position also will serve as the Academic Director of SSRI’s Survey Research Center and, in this new role, pursue novel approaches to extending/supplementing traditional survey data collection approaches. Potential research domains include, but are not limited to, active and passive data collection through mobile devices, social media, and sensors for environmental and physiological data, as well as innovative approaches to capturing population/epidemiological data. As elaborated in the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) strategic plan, opportunities for novel data acquisition and measurement paradigms in the social and behavioral sciences are evolving rapidly. We seek a colleague who will develop and implement a vision for innovative approaches that spark novel questions about and insights into human bio-psycho-social and behavioral processes--as these operate in context and across the life cycle. Social and behavioral scientists are located in colleges across Penn State, are oriented to interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and have substantial expertise in traditional survey methods, quantitative analysis of human development and demographic and social change, design, implementation and evaluation of education and preventive intervention programs, real-time ambulatory assessment, and spatial and social network analysis (SSRI). Social/behavioral scientists also connect to interdisciplinary expertise such as in measurement of the physical environment (IEE) and physiological processes (HUCK), device development (MRI), cyberscience (ICS), and clinical and translational science (CTSI). To foster innovation and capitalize on Penn State’s strengths, we seek candidates with strong publication and external funding records along with demonstrated teaching and graduate mentorship proficiency. The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree in the relevant discipline and join the faculty in the academic unit that provides the best fit to her/his research and teaching interests: Biobehavioral Health, Educational Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Information Science and Technology, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. We welcome joint appointments across departments and/or colleges. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled; we expect the position to start by August, 2018. To apply, applicants must complete an online application that includes a cover letter describing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, names of three references and supporting materials (reprints, preprints, statement of teaching and research interests). Please direct questions to the search coordinator, Ms. Rebecca Shultz, or to Professor Susan McHale,, Director, Social Science Research Institute. Please include Innovative Methods Search in the subject line.

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