Assistant or Associate Research Professor

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Health and Human Development
The Methodology Center


The Methodology Center in the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University seeks a qualified candidate for a non-tenure-track research faculty position. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of investigators in the Center to carry out methodologically innovative research related to drug abuse, and to disseminate this research broadly in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Candidates at either the assistant or associate level will be considered. This position involves, but is not limited to, conducting research focused on technical demonstrations and empirical studies using mixture models and time-varying coefficient models applied to data on substance use and comorbid risky behaviors. This position also involves helping to create training materials on methodological topics for dissemination via the Center’s website. Candidates must have strong statistical programming skills, experience analyzing large, complex data sets, and familiarity with modern methods for handling and analyzing longitudinal data. Experience with mixture models, time-varying coefficient models, intensive longitudinal data, high-dimensional data, experimental design, and/or decision analysis is preferred. Duties include conducting data analyses, participating in preparing scientific articles for publication and conference presentations, and interfacing with intervention scientists who are collaborators or potential collaborators in Center research. Duties may include occasional participation in team teaching of courses or workshops. The selected candidate will be expected to remain productive in terms of publishing in peer-reviewed outlets, to be proactive in organizing conference symposia/presentations, and to participate in preparing applications for external funding as co-investigator or principal investigator. The Methodology Center is a well-established and highly regarded interdisciplinary research center comprised of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. The Center is devoted to addressing methodological issues that arise in social, behavioral and health sciences, particularly issues related to the prevention and treatment of drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, and related outcomes. The successful candidate will have exceptional resources, including access to administrative and software support staff, any required hardware and software, and travel funding for at least one scientific conference annually. This position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a quantitatively oriented area (including quantitative psychology, social, behavioral or health sciences, public health, statistics, or biostatistics), plus at least two years of postdoctoral research experience. Very strong methodological skills and interests are required. A background in health behavior, public health, social behavior, or psychology is preferred. The strongest candidates will have previous experience developing and applying innovative statistical methods to behavioral data and be familiar with substance use research. Excellent written and oral English communication skills are required. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, responsible, team-oriented, and creative, with excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, who is able to maintain a high level of productivity working on multiple projects simultaneously. This is a fixed-term appointment, funded for one year from the date of hire, with excellent possibility of renewal. The salary and benefits associated with this position are competitive. Candidates must complete an online application and upload (1) a letter of application indicating research background, career goals, and prior experience with disseminating innovative methods; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) three letters of professional reference. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information, visit The Methodology Center’s website at or contact Dr. Bethany Bray (phone: 814-865-1225, e-mail: Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

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