Research Associate

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Vice President for Research
Social Science Research Institute


The Pennsylvania State University’s Social Science Research Institute is seeking a new colleague for a Director position within the new Integrative Data System (IDS). This effort will build on the University’s current administrative data portfolio, housed in the Administrative Data Accelerator (ADA) to initiate new collaborative state government and national research projects. This individual will work closely and provide leadership within a consortium of PSU research centers and faculty to engage with government partners. This new position will include responsibility for leading development of new data use agreements, security reviews, and project reports as well as strategic day-to-day operations including procedural, and protocol responsibilities. The successful candidate will have five or more years of director-level experience in a federal executive office (Director, Deputy-director). Due to the sensitive nature of this work, the candidate should have experience in a high-profile position with significant levels of performance and responsibility. The candidate should be able to coordinate and supervise multiple projects simultaneously such as development of papers, abstracts, and grants and may assume leadership roles in personnel decisions, training, and formulating strategic directions for the IDS Consortium. This job offers an excellent opportunity to those interested in being part of an interdisciplinary research effort seeking to inform public policy to improve lives. Background Information: The SSRI is one of five university-wide research institutes housed within the Office of the Vice President for Research at Penn State. Consortium collaborators include faculty from the Administrative Data Accelerator, Center for Health Care Policy Research, Center for Educational Disparities Research, Justice Research Center, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, Population Research Institute, and Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. Applications should be submitted online and include a cover letter describing relevant experiences and career goals, resume, and names of three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A Master`s in Project Management, Public Policy/Administration, Science Communication/Translation, and/or project management experience in interdisciplinary social, behavioral or health sciences, including relevant work experience with interdisciplinary research are desired. This is a senior-level position and competitive candidates will have eight or more years of experience working in a policy setting. Strong professional references are essential. Excellent organizational and communication skills as well as the ability to prioritize tasks and to work independently are critical. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to maintain high standards of accuracy, timeliness, and professionalism. Candidates with experience in interdisciplinary project management will be particularly competitive. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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