Human Research Technologist 1

Penn State University

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 Gene-Environment Interplay Lab, directed by Dr. Jenae Neiderhiser, is seeking a highly organized and team-oriented person to serve as a full-time Human Research Technologist. This position involves interviewing children and parents and managing data collected as part of a longitudinal research project that has been following families from infancy through adolescence (the Early Growth and Development Study: EGDS). The EGDS is a collaborative project with data collection sites at PSU, George Washington University (GWU), and the University of Oregon (UO). We are collecting new data from participants during middle childhood and adolescence and from siblings of participants as part of two recently funded NIH grants. The interviewer portion of this position requires individuals to gather complete and accurate data from families through standardized interviews, questionnaires, standardized tests, semi-structured interviews, observations (video recorded), telephone contact, and/or other procedures as required. Interviewers are required to prepare the assessment materials and to conduct the assessment following all specified procedures, to participate in assessment team meetings, and attend all required training. Travel is required both in and out of state to participants’ homes or other locations. The data manager portion of this position requires a high degree of comfort in working with data including programming and maintenance of the database, programming computerized interviews for data collection, creating and maintaining scripts for data management tasks, and working with the rest of the team on these tasks. All aspects of this position require close communication, collaboration and coordination with all research sites including regular conference calls and other contact. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred. Experience in working with large research teams, with interviewing adolescent children, and with managing data is highly desirable. This position requires the ability to communicate effectively, comfort working with children and families, a valid driver’s license, and a great deal of attention to detail. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a 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 continuation.

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