Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Child Study Center and Quantitative Development Systems Group

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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open until filled
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College of the Liberal Arts
Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies


The Pennsylvania State University’s Child Study Center (, in collaboration with the Quantitative Developmental Systems Group ( invites applications for a post-doctoral research scholar position focused on the application of innovative analytic methods for longitudinal data (multiple reporter nested survey and physiological data) for a study on the mechanisms of resilience in youth exposed to child maltreatment. Successful applicants will work within an interdisciplinary team of investigators from the Department of Psychology (College of the Liberal Arts) and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (College of Health and Human Development) developing innovative analysis tools for application with data on child maltreatment and mental health. The postdoctoral scholar will advance his or her training in the mechanisms of resiliency for youth exposed to child maltreatment, intergenerational transmission of trauma, emotion regulation and cognitive functioning in youth. The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for modeling and other statistical analyses as well as coordinating database management. Primary responsibilities include conducting data analyses; interfacing with investigators and potential collaborators, participating in interdisciplinary research groups; and preparing grant proposals, conference presentations, and scientific publications. The College of the Liberal Arts and the College of Health and Human Development, and the Departments of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies, are well-established and highly regarded research units comprised of faculty, research associates, postdoctoral scholars and fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students. This postdoctoral position is supported by a federal grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, with the aim of developing conceptual and methodological tools that can help to unify the study of child maltreatment and its impact on youth adjustment over time. The successful applicant will have contact with the exceptional resources of The Pennsylvania State University, including administrative and software support staff, hardware and software, and some travel funding. The position is for one year, with excellent possibility of re-funding for at least one additional year. The anticipated start date is January 2018. Ph.D. required and individuals with a Ph.D. in quantitative psychology, statistics or biostatistics and strong methodological skills and interests in behavioral and social science are preferred. Demonstrated productivity in terms of published journal articles and scientific conference presentations is required. Preference will be given to candidates who are interested in developing a research program in the general area of applied research methods for longitudinal data. Excellent written and oral English communication skills are required. Background in any of the following areas will be considered a plus: child maltreatment, child development, developmental psychopathology, emotion-regulation, and observational and experimental design. Interested applicants should upload a letter of application indicating research interests, career goals, and experience; and a curriculum vita. Additionally, please arrange to have three letters of professional reference confidentially sent to Yo Jackson, PhD, ABPP and Nilam Ram, PhD, at and Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact Dr. Jackson or Dr. Ram.

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