Clinical Research Assistant

Penn State University

Penn State Harrisburg
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of the Liberal Arts
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The Building a Strong Identity and Coping Skills (BaSICS) Project at Penn State University is recruiting candidates for a clinical research assistant position. Building a Strong Identity and Coping Skills (BaSICS) is a program for low-income youth, which seeks to foster the development of a positive identity and strengthen coping skills. Staff on this project will be involved in assessing the efficacy of the program through completion of questionnaires, activities, and data collection with 11 and 12-year-old children. This position is part time (3-20 hours per week, varies based on participants` schedules); shifts take place 3:45pm-7:30pm weekdays in Steelton, PA and Harrisburg, PA. There are two types of positions available (1) Confederates, who are required to act as a judge on a social stress test and (2) Assessors, who are responsible for conducting clinical interviews, setting up data collection devices (video cameras, sensors), administering surveys, collecting saliva samples, completing a guided relaxation activity, and carrying out a detailed protocol. Thorough training will be provided for all employees. Assessments take place daily, starting at the end of August 2018. However, there are some breaks in December, January, and the summer months (usually end of May-July). This position is ideal for candidates who are looking for paid research experience and/or supplemental income. The position would be especially beneficial for college students, graduate students, or recent graduates who are looking for relevant experience in clinical psychology, developmental psychology, psychological assessment, or psychological and biological research. Due to frequent participant cancellations, the ideal candidate will be flexible, communicative, and ready to take initiative. Candidates should be responsible, dedicated, highly motivated, and have the ability to follow a strict protocol. Please contact the project coordinator, Miriam Zegarac, at for more information.

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