A Research Technologist position is available in the Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience in the Psychology Department (http://sites.psu.edu/scherflab/) at Penn State University. The Research Technologist will be responsible for working closely with the Principle Investigator (PI) and other research study staff to oversee a multi-year NIH-funded longitudinal intervention study for adolescents with autism. This project seeks to teach teenagers with autism social skills, such as understanding eye gaze cues, via the use of interactive computer games. The Research Technologist will support overall grant organization including coordinating the day-to-day management of the study, providing project-related administrative support to the study team, as well as monitoring compliance with federal regulations and University policy. The responsibilities include (but are not limited to): interacting with children and adolescents with autism and their parents; recruitment of participants; screening of potential participants; data collection and standardized test administration; remaining in phone/e-mail contact with families during home-based intervention protocols; scheduling appointments; data entry and analysis; helping submit and maintain IRB protocols; planning, developing, and maintaining, internal study procedures, policies, and quality control; assisting with PSU Institutional Review Board submissions; preparing study documentation; and supervising undergraduate research staff. Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required. The successful candidate must have an understanding of research methods, be technologically savvy, highly motivated, proactive, have excellent communication skills, work effectively with a professional team as well as independently, and consistently demonstrate excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Experience working with children and adolescents is preferred. This job will be filled as a level 1, or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
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