Research Associate

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Vice President for Research
Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)


The Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State (Solutions Network) is currently seeking a Research Associate to advance its mission of research and engagement in the area of child maltreatment. A primary focus of the Solutions Network is the translation and dissemination of research to affect meaningful outcomes in combating child maltreatment by informing public policy and assisting in the development and implementation of evidence based programs and clinical services. Responsibilities for the Research Associate include assisting the director with ongoing research activities and proposals; preparing project reports and manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications; conducting academic and public presentations; supervising and mentoring personnel and graduate students working on research projects; coordinating teams and communicating with team members and stakeholders; and assisting with long-term data management and archiving. Protected time will be provided and the expectation is that the position will develop their own line of independent research within the field of child maltreatment. Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in the social, behavioral or health sciences or a related discipline. The ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others on a multi-disciplinary research team is crucial. Demonstrated productivity in terms of published journal articles and scientific conference presentations is required. Specific required research skills and experiences include intensive interviewing, program implementation, survey design and administration, and data analysis. Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills (including spoken/written English) are required. The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university and community is required. Experience with leadership in large research projects preferred. The initial appointment will be for one year, with good possibility of re-funding and contingent on satisfactory performance.

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