Research Technologist 1 (Research Technician)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
01 – E – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Full/Part Time:


The Biology lab of Peter Hudson and Kurt Vandegrift seeks a full-time Research Technician to assist with a project examining the virus communities of small mammals and their tick parasites. Experience trapping, handling and sampling small mammals (mice, flying squirrels, chipmunks etc.) required. A rigorous knowledge of lab practices and handling biological samples is also required. Experience with retro-orbital sinus bleeds is also preferred. Applicants should be in great physical condition and be able to hike up to 4-5 miles a day in various weather conditions with about 10 pounds of gear, and should be tolerant and knowledgeable about ticks and other biting insects. The applicant must also be able to lead a team of undergraduate researchers in the field and in the lab. This is a full-time salaried position that may require occasional night and weekend work. We hope to hire someone to start in mid to late April and will accept applications until a qualified applicant is hired. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter detailing how they are qualified and why they desire the position, a resume/CV, and contact information for 3 professional references. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor's degree in biology or ecology preferred. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties. A valid driver`s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. 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