Research Data Management Specialist

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – I – Exempt
  • 04 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
College Of Health and Human Development
Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
Full/Part Time:


The Penn State Administrative Data Accelerator ( housed within the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, is seeking a talented Research Data Management Specialist to join our innovative team. The focus of the Data Accelerator is to acquire and link complex administrative datasets across multiple disciplines to generate research that informs policy. Administrative datasets for this work will mostly come from the child welfare system, healthcare, education, and criminal justice sources, but may include other state and federal level datasets. The Research Data Management Specialist will manage multiple datasets and corresponding documentation, visualize data, and work closely with the analytic team to prepare custom datasets for research projects. This position is also responsible for working with College level IT support to ensure the security and confidentiality of all data, maintaining all codebooks and data summary sheets, and communication with researchers who wish to access data. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are interested in joining an interdisciplinary research team that seeks to inform public policy and improve lives. Ideal candidates should be skilled in data management/processing (e.g., automation, mining, wrangling, scraping, and warehousing), have familiarity with probabilistic and deterministic matching, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to interface and communicate with other analysts, managers/coordinators, and researchers to extract and transform data from a variety of sources. Experience with different programming languages (e.g., Python, SQL, R) and statistical software (e.g., SAS, STATA) is essential. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A B.S. in Information Science, Statistics or Social, Behavioral, or Health Sciences with proven analytic skills, and relevant work experience with complex data and databases and/or research support, or a Master’s degree in a related field and database management experience (e.g., statistics data science, computer science) strongly preferred. Excellent organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to prioritize tasks, are critical for this position. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to maintain high standards of accuracy, timeliness, and professionalism. 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