Human Research Technologist 1

University Park Campus
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01 – E – Non-exempt
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College of the Liberal Arts
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The Emotion Development Laboratory at Penn State University, headed by Dr. Kristin Buss, seeks a full-time Research Assistant ( Start date is flexible, although the goal is to have the position filled by June 1, 2018. The position is for one year, with possibility for extension, depending on funding. The skills learned through this experience will be useful for those who intend to go to graduate school in psychology or human development. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on NIMH and PSU-funded studies investigating the developmental trajectories of early temperament, emotion regulation and physiology, with a focus on risk for anxiety. The research also incorporates a large age range from infants through adolescence. This work will take advantage of the University’s broad resources, including the Child Study Center ( The successful candidate will be responsible for: Duties include maintaining participant, video, and questionnaire databases, contacting and scheduling families, coordinating mailings and data collection, supervising other undergraduate students working on project; Aiding in human subject protocols, consent forms, and annual IRB approval; General lab management duties. The position will also involve overseeing a large and dynamic team of undergraduate students. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Bachelor's degree in psychology or related field preferred. Experience processing data using relevant software programs (e.g., SPSS, SAS, nVivo, Qualtrics) is also highly desired. Research and/or professional experience with children is required. The successful candidate will have strong organizational skills, computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and willingness to learn and develop additional computer skills related to data management and preparation of data for analysis. Please highlight relevant skills in your cover letter and include a list of two or three references (and their contact information). Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until the job is filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience. This is a fixed term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.

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