Research Assistant

Penn State University

Philadelphia Area
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Nursing
Center for Nursing Research
Full/Part Time:


The Penn State College of Nursing seeks to hire Research Assistants to fill part-time wage payroll positions for an NIH study as soon as possible. Qualified individuals will participate in the daily operations of the study, maintaining IRB compliance and respect for study participants. This study focuses on implementation of an evidence based process to increase person-centered management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in nursing homes, referred to as EIT-4-BPSD. The findings from this study will add to what is known about implementation of effective interventions in nursing homes, will serve as a model for other programs and care approaches, and will help facilities and staff implement quality person-centered care, which is the goal of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Reduce Antipsychotic Use in Nursing Homes. The main responsibilities for these positions are to work with facility designee to identify potential residents to participate in study; recruit and enroll study participants; collect data; utilize Redcap and other data management programs; maintain data on recruitment, enrollment, and attrition; participate in team meetings; work with the Project Coordinator and Primary Investigator to prepare reports; and participate in dissemination activities (manuscript and presentation preparation). Previous experience providing clinical dementia care or educational activities to residential care home staff from a holistic and person centered perspective is helpful. A successful applicant will possess excellent communication skills at the individual and group level; sound organizational skills; and, current IRB training. Previous experience as a research assistant preferred. Applicants must have their own transportation to get to meeting sites. For more information, contact Kimberly VanHaitsma,PhD, at

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