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

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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College of the Liberal Arts
Penn State Child Study Center and Quantitative Development Systems Group


The Pennsylvania State University’s Child Study Center (, in collaboration with the Quantitative Developmental Systems Group ( invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar position focused on the development of self-regulation in early childhood and the application of innovative analytic methods for intensive longitudinal data (second-by-second observational and physiological data). Successful applicants will work within an interdisciplinary team of investigators (Pamela Cole, Nilam Ram, Kristin Buss, Ginger Moore, Cindy Stifter, Lisa Kopp, Sy-Miin Chow, Peter Molenaar, and Mike Rovine) from the Departments of Psychology (College of the Liberal Arts) and Human Development and Family Studies (College of Health and Human Development; HHD). The team is developing innovative analysis tools for application to study of self-regulation and its development in toddlers and preschool age children. Primary responsibilities include contributing to new data collection; conducting data analyses; interfacing with investigators and potential collaborators in interdisciplinary research groups; and preparing grant proposals, conference presentations, and scientific publications. PSU’s Colleges of the Liberal Arts and HHD, 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 fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. This postdoctoral position is supported by a federal grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, with the aim of developing conceptual and methodological tools that can help to unify the study of self-regulation and its development. The successful applicant will have contact with the exceptional resources of Penn State, including administrative and software support staff, hardware and software, and some travel funding. The position is for one year, with a negotiable start date and excellent possibility of re-funding for at least one additional year. Qualified individuals will have a Ph.D. in developmental and/or child clinical psychology, with strong interests and experience in studying toddlers and preschool age children and parent-child interaction. 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 area of early childhood development, particularly in terms of self-regulation and emotion regulation. Excellent written and oral English communication skills are required. Background in any of the following areas will be considered a plus: child and/or adult development, emotion and self-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 sent to: Pamela M. Cole, PhD and Nilam Ram, PhD, at and Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. For more information, contact Dr. Cole 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