Postdoctoral Scholar

University Park Campus
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Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of the Liberal Arts
Empathy and Moral Psychology Lab


The Penn State Empathy and Moral Psychology (EMP) Lab ( is seeking applications for a postdoctoral scholar to begin in the summer of 2018. The position is funded for 1 year with a possible extension. The postdoctoral scholar will oversee the daily operation of grant-funded studies examining how motivational factors shape empathy and prosocial behavior in response to the suffering of large groups. The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with the PI (Daryl Cameron) to carry out all aspects of the study, including writing manuscripts. The ideal candidate will have a background in social psychology, and preference will be given to candidates with particular interests in empathy, prosocial behavior, and moral decision-making. Responsibilities include scheduling and interacting with research participants; providing overall administrative support for the project; managing and tracking subject payment; tracking and helping with IRB submissions; supervising undergraduate research assistants; data compilation and analyses; preparing reports, presentations, and manuscripts; and other related responsibilities. The position requires the ability to work well with others and clear communication skills. The postdoctoral scholar will meet weekly with the PI and receive co-authorship on publications resulting from the research project, including the opportunity for first authorship. The postdoctoral scholar will be invited and encouraged to attend seminars and workshops in the Penn State social psychology program, and will also be encouraged to participate in events organized through the Rock Ethics Institute on Penn State’s campus. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in social psychology and to have an established ability to write theoretical and empirical research articles. Desired qualifications include strong quantitative abilities, and research experience that includes a focus on empathy, prosocial behavior, and/or moral judgment. The successful applicant will be motivated, conscientious, and actively interested in interdisciplinary research that bridges psychology and philosophy. Applicants should include a cover letter describing research experiences, career goals, and perceived fit with the position and research in the lab; a current resume/CV; and names and contact information of two or three people (faculty/research supervisors) who can comment on the applicant’s academic and research experiences and skills. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088